c) the degree of politeness.
The most frequently used titles in the English speaking countries are:
Mr., Mrs., Miss followed by the surnames for example:
Mr. Brown - to a man;
Mrs. Brown - to a married woman;
Miss Smith - to a girl or unmarried woman; e.g. Ms. Smith is a title
used by modern women who do not wish to be identified as married or
Remember: It is not polite to use these titles alone without the surname. The exception is Miss which is widely used as a form of address to a woman teacher by the primary school children.
Sir or Madam are titles which mark certain respect or a distance
to a stranger and used to men or women by people performing a ser
vice for the public, e.g.: some shopkeepers, policemen, a ticket collec
tor and etc. . .
Sir is also used by school children to a man teacher and in the armed forces to a superior officer. Other titles of respect and spme professional titles can be used as vocatives:
Ladies and gentlemen - to an audience;
My Lord - to a peer, a bishop, a British judge;
Officer - to policemen of any rank by everybody;
Father - to a priest;
Doctor - to a medical doctor, but not to an ordinary person.
With the degree of a doctor of philosophy is used doctor followed by the surname, for example: Dr. Brown.
Professor - used either with or without the surname (simply professor is more formal)
Mister president - to president;
Mister Prime Minister - to prime minister;
Your excellence - to an ambassador;
Waitress, Porte г - to people who give you service.
These titles are considered impolite now. Instead of it British people prefer to say E xcuse me, please.
To get the attentic >n of a stranger you may often use Excuse me,
Less common forms of address
Your Majesty - to a king or a queen;
Your Mightiness - to a prince or a duke;
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