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Questions tagged [forms-of-address]

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In an English-speaking country, how would a household employee address their female employer?

Would it be Miss? Mistress? Madam? Or, should she be young (underage and/or unmarried): Young Miss? Young Mistress? Young Lady? Young Madam? EDIT (to clarify): How would a butler, chef, chauffeur, ...
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What did people in the 1800s used to call their mothers? I'm writing a paper for English 3rd pd [closed]

This is for my English class, and it has to be due by tomorrow, so I need this quickly. What did people call their mothers in the 1800's?
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Ad­dress­ing boys and girls dif­fer­ently in (Vic­to­rian?) English schools

In Jane Eyre by Char­lotte Brontë I read: “Burns” (such it seems was her name: the girls here were all called by their sur­names, as boys are else­where)... So my ques­tion is: were there (or ...
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Sir or Mr with first name only [duplicate]

How can I refer to a man using his first name while showing some respect? Can I say "Good morning, Sir William or Mr William" like Monsieur in French?
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How to address a former president in a letter?

I would like to ask how to address a former president on a letter. Should I write "Dear Mr. Obama" or "Dear Former President Obama"? I found this information: Begin the letter. Although style ...
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Even you or you too? [closed]

A naked man was walking in a jungle. Seeing him, all the animals ran away. The zebra asked the king lion: you too/ even you?" The lion replied," My friend, Keep the joke aside. That's a strange ...
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Mam vs Ma'am difference [closed]

Is Mam slowly becoming a substitute for Ma'am as a lot of people don't know the difference between the two.
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What's a good title for firefighters?

When addressing police or jail staff, a lot of times you address them as "[Rank] [Last Name]", such as "Sgt. Smith" or "Lt. Reynolds". If you don't know their rank though, you can resort to "Officer [...
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How to write an email to a police officer? [closed]

So, a family member got into a car accident. The police officer told me to notify her where our car will be towed. She gave me her office number and email. But she's out on dispatch. I was told it's ...
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Business formalities [closed]

I addressed a customer as Dear “X” and replied to me by using only my first name Dimitris. Do I need to reply the same or to keep the expression Dear “X”?
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Are capital letters used for terms of endearment like “Honey” and “Sweetheart”?

When writing a sentence (for a book/story) do the endearments Honey, Sweetheart, etc. get capital letters? e.g. "Are you ready, Honey?" or "Are you ready, honey?"
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Do you use “to whom it may concern:” with “Dear Mr./Mrs” or only pick one?

I've seen example where people use both, for example: To Whom It May Concern: Dear Mr., I am writing to apply... OR is the correct usage this: To Whom It May Concern: I am ...
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How to address in a formal email [closed]

Can I address Good Morning / Afternoon after addressing 'Dear XYZ,' in a formal email. Thanks Ankit
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Can I use “Dear recipient”? Is it acceptable? Does it sound weird? Why is it not common? [closed]

With respect to addressing somebody whose gender and name is unknown: Can I use "Dear Recipient"? If yes, why is this not used more often? As in, why is this not the standard? It sounds so classy and ...
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Formal way to address a woman [duplicate]

I don't want to use miss. What are my other alternatives? I cannot go with Mrs because I don't want to have to use her name. Is it Madam then? It sounds so french and old-fashioned. "Bonjour madame"....
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Mister Captain, will your ship sink?

"President Smith may veto the bill." "Mr. President, will you veto the bill?" "Captain Smith's ship is in danger of sinking." "Mr. Captain, will your ship sink?" "Captain, will your ship sink?" "...