How to Use Personal Titles: Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Miss

Titles are the words that go in front of someone's name. In American English, the most common salutations are "Mr.", "Ms.", "Mrs.", and "Miss"


Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Miss are titles that are used before surnames or full names as a sign of respect.

  • Mr. is a title used before a surname or full name of a male, whether he is married or not. Mr. is an abbreviation for Mister, it is pronounced like the word Mister. 
  • Mrs. is a title used before a surname or full name of a married female. Mrs. is an abbreviation for the word Missus, it is pronounced like the word Missus.
  • Miss is a title used before a surname or full name of an unmarried female. Miss is an abbreviation of mistress. We use Miss with a complete name when you address a card, letter, etc. to a young girls, such as: Miss Shannon Sperling, Miss Tammy Kim
  • Ms. is a title used before a surname of full name of a female whether she is married or not. 

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