Mrs + male name

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Mrs + male name

Post by googl » Fri Oct 15, 2004 8:44 am

Dear teacher,

what these constructs mean?
1) mrs Smith
2) mrs Jane Smith
3) mrs John Smith (male name??? typo for 'mr'?)

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Post by Alan » Sat Oct 16, 2004 5:24 am

Mrs = Missis (a term of address for married women).

'Mrs John Smith' is possible: it is a formal, rather legalistic, way of referring to the wife of Mr John Smith.

'Mrs Jane Smith' would, of course, be the married lady's own name.

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