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    Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms + firstname or Last name

    I just wanted a proof that it is Mr. + Last name and not Mr. + First name. If you can give me a proof that Mr. + First name is incorrect, i will be very thankful.


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    Re: Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms + firstname or Last name

    I am not sure what you mean by proof. In British and [I believe] American usage, it is incorrect to use the first name + honorific without the family name. In other cultures, this is not a strict rule.

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    Re: Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms + firstname or Last name

    I'm not sure, I have heard honorifics with first names in British households, especially when the addressee is a minor: Master Peter.

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    Re: Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms + firstname or Last name

    There are two exceptions I can think of.

    One is when children sometimes refer to adults as "Miss Susan." My daughter's nursery school was "Miss Patty."

    The other is in the South, when an adult might refer to an adult of older generation as "Miss Susan" as a sign of repect. My grandmother's doctor (who was younger than my father) referred to my grandmother as "Miss Pearl." Outside the South, adult-to-adult conversation would not do this.

    You would not write it in a letter.


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    Re: Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms + firstname or Last name

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I'm not sure, I have heard honorifics with first names in British households, especially when the addressee is a minor: Master Peter.
    Very outdated and not at all a general rule. Might be heard in costume dramas.

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    Re: Mr, Mrs, Miss, Ms + firstname or Last name

    Agreeing with Barb - it is still very common in the Southern U.S. for folks (even adults) to address their elders as "Mr. Sam" or "Miss Irene." (My father-in-law is in his early 70s, but he still addresses my father as "Mr. George," simply because my dad is older than him.)

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