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

  • Properly Ms since it's not a contraction of anything, but mostly dead on. – lly Apr 25 '16 at 15:30
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    Uh… where did you get the idea that Ms is not a contraction of anything, please? Miss is a contraction of Mistress… Mrs is a contraction of Mistress… Ms is a contraction of Mistress… Do you have any doubts about any of that, please? – Robbie Goodwin May 26 '17 at 21:18

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