[Vocabulary] Mr. Peter

beachboy

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Is it possible to refer to a man using the title "Mr." followed by his first name, but not mentioning his family name?
 

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It isn't natural except in some specific contexts.
 
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It is appropriate in certain contexts.
 

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In standard English it may be considered condescending and even offensive to some people.

However, as stated above, there are certain contexts and places in which it's appropriate. In the American South, it can be used as an affectionate term of address for acquaintances (e.g., as in the movie title Driving Miss Daisy).

(Just so you know, "Mr. Peter" might be used as a pet name for a man's genitalia.)
 

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In Philippine English you can often hear things like "Mr./Sir Peter po" which means something like "Dear Mr./Sir Peter".
 
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