miss, ms or miss

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When is it appropriate to address a letter to Mrs, Miss or Ms 

asked Feb 07 '11 at 14:52 Stephen Hutson New member

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Most often, you would use 'Mrs.' if you know the woman is married, 'Miss' if you know she is not. Some etiquette writers (and female professionals in male-dominated fields, and women who did not take their husband's name, and feminists, etc.) suggest the default use of 'Ms.' for any woman, regardless of marital status, as it is more neutral and does not define the woman in terms of a man. It also does not carry the risk of using 'Mrs.' or 'Miss' and getting it wrong.

 

In short, 'Ms.' is often the preferred neutral title, identical in usage to the male 'Mr.' However, use 'Miss' or 'Mrs.' if you happen to know that the woman prefers and uses this title herself.

link comment answered Feb 07 '11 at 18:12 Collane Ramsey Expert

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