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    #1

    Mr. + first name

    Dear Teachers,

    My boss's name is, say, Tom Jones.

    Is it correct/acceptable to say "Mr. Tom" instead of saying "Mr.Jones"

    Do native spekers use "Mr. + first name?

    Kind Regards
    Udara

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    #2

    Re: Mr. + first name

    No, it's either Mr Jones or Tom. Mr Tom just wouldn't make sense - it would if Tom were a surname, but not in this instance.


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    #3

    Re: Mr. + first name

    It could be correct if there were two brothers both of whom we bosses.

    "Mr. Tom Jones": or "Mr Jack Jones".
    More friendly to say "Mr. Tom".

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    #4

    Re: Mr. + first name

    That would never be the case in the U.S. We would simply never say that at work.

    Children often say "Miss Patty" or "Miz Martha" but never adults in a work setting, even if there were two people with the same last name.

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    Re: Mr. + first name

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That would never be the case in the U.S. We would simply never say that at work.

    Children often say "Miss Patty" or "Miz Martha" but never adults in a work setting, even if there were two people with the same last name.
    Could happen in the UK though.

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