What courtesy title should you give a woman in English these days? It depends on whether she is married or not, the context (personal or business), her age and, to some extent, her nationality! Obviously, your best strategy is to use the title people give themselves. But what do you do if they don’t give themselves a title? For those occasions, use the handy table below.
Note that Mrs – unlike Mevr. and Mw. in Dutch – always indicates that the person so addressed is married. So don’t automatically translate Mw. as Mrs!
Full stop or not?
Should you use a full stop after any of the English abbreviations? In US English, a full stop is usually placed after Mrs. and Ms. In UK English, however, it is now common to use no full stops in such cases. Miss is never followed by a full stop in any variety of English.
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