Дидактический материал для практических занятий по английскому языку, страница 2

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,

or Pardon.

Less common forms of address

Your Majesty - to a king or a queen;

 Your Mightiness - to a prince or a duke;