Titles/forms of address are spelled with a capital letter. American usage prefers a full stop (Mr., Mrs., Ms.)
Common forms of address:
Mr (mister, for an adult man)
Mrs (for a married woman)
Ms (for an adult woman)
Miss (for an unmarried woman of any age)
Titles are used before a person’s name to show respect and are a fairly formal way of talking about someone.
… Doctor Rijkmans
… Lord Lucan
… Lady Windermere
… Captain John Boorman
… Mrs/Mrs. Dalloway
… Mr/Mr. Fosdick-Smythe
Titles also show someone’s social status or job.
Some of the most common titles in British English and their abbreviations:
Doctor / Dr/Dr.
Governor / Gov.
Inspector / Insp.
President / Pres.
Professor / Prof.
Representative / Rep.
Saint / St/St.
Titles commonly used without names
Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh
the Archbishop of Canterbury
the President of the United States
the Bishop of Birmingham
Most words that are titles can also be countable nouns, usually without a capital letter:
… lawyers, scholars, poets, presidents and so on.
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