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When is it appropriate to use the title “Miss” as opposed to “Ms.”?

To my understanding:

Ms. => Not married.
Mrs. => Married.

However, if one doesn't know the marriage status of the other party, what is the correct term to use?

Ms/Mrs may be a possibility, but I am wondering if there is a one word version such as "Mr" regardless of their marriage status.

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marked as duplicate by RegDwigнt Apr 26 '12 at 15:07

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Miss is generally used if the woman is not married. Ms. can be used with any woman.

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