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    When Addressing People, What Shall I Say?

    Dear Teachers,

    When addressing people, I know it is correct to say as below:

    1) Mr. president;
    2) Mr. director;
    3) Mr. Smith
    4) Professor Stone;
    5) Mr. chairman;

    whereas, I don't know if it is still correct to say as follows:

    6) Dean Stone;
    7) Worker Smith;
    8) Mr. team leader;
    9) Teacher Stone;
    10) Mr. teacher;
    11) Mr. professor.

    Grammatically, they may all be correct; idiomatically, I don't have any slightest idea. I wish to have just an 'R' or 'W' behind each of those from 6) to 11) to be given by any native English speakers. These questions have been disturbing me for long.

    Or, if such questions have been discussed before, please give me a link reference. Thank you very much in advance.
    Last edited by SongYuxiang; 10-Mar-2009 at 12:13.


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    Re: When Addressing People, What Shall I Say?

    I am not a teacher, just a native speaker

    6) Dean Stone;
    This is correct.

    7) Worker Smith;
    This is not correct.

    8) Mr. team leader;
    This is not correct.

    9) Teacher Stone;
    This is not correct.

    10) Mr. teacher;
    This is not correct.

    11) Mr. professor.
    This is not correct, though you might use a simple "Professor".

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    Re: When Addressing People, What Shall I Say?

    Quote Originally Posted by SongYuxiang View Post
    Dear Teachers,

    When addressing people, I know it is correct to say as below:

    1) Mr. president;
    2) Mr. director;
    3) Mr. Smith
    4) Professor Stone;
    5) Mr. chairman;

    whereas, I don't know if it is still correct to say as follows:

    6) Dean Stone; Say "Dean Stone" or "Dr. Stone."
    7) Worker Smith; Say "Mr. Smith" or "Ms. Smith."
    8) Mr. team leader; Say "Mr. Stone" or "Ms. Stone."
    9) Teacher Stone; Say "Mr. Stone" or "Ms. Stone."
    10) Mr. teacher; Say "Mr. Stone" or "Ms. Stone."
    11) Mr. professor. Say "Professor Stone" or "Dr. Stone."

    Grammatically, they may all be correct; idiomatically, I don't have any slightest idea. I wish to have just an 'R' or 'W' behind each of those from 6) to 11) to be given by any native English speakers. These questions have been disturbing me for long.

    Or, if such questions have been discussed before, please give me a link reference. Thank you very much in advance.
    Sorry, it can't be done right with Rs and Ws.

    It's usually safe to call people with doctorate degrees, such as professors and deans, Doctor (Dr.).

    For most people, including teachers and other workers, use Mr. Mrs. Miss, or Ms.

    Religion and politics have a lot of other honorifics.
    Last edited by Charlie Bernstein; 10-Mar-2009 at 16:14.

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    Re: When Addressing People, What Shall I Say?

    Thank you very much, Dear Person132 and Mr. Bernstein, for your help and advice, which are very helpful to me.

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