Ms. vs. Miss(and Mrs.)

Ms. vs. Miss(and Mrs.)

Many do not know when to use Ms. vs. Miss or what each indicates. Let's take a closer look:

Ms. is a title of respect before a woman's name or position that does not indicate her marital status.

Miss is title of respect before a woman's name or position that is used when a woman is unmarried (It is often used in reference to a child, teen, or student).

Let's view some examples to understand the difference:

1. "Ms. Tara is my teacher at school." Explanation:It is unclear if she is married or not. She may prefer her students not knowing.

2. "Miss Mary is my Sunday school teacher. I will attend her wedding ceremony this summer." Explanation: Miss indicates that Mary is not married. The following sentence reminds us of this.

* Note/Hint:Ms. and Miss are titles that may both be used to indicate that a woman is unmarried. Mrs. Is used to indicate that a woman is married (or has been married since she may be a widow or divorced).

Let's use more than one together in a sentence:

1. "My mom chooses to be called Ms. Clark by her students, even though my own teacher calls her Mrs. Clark when she calls her to schedule a conference with her and my dad."

2. "My grandmother, Ms. Carter, wrote me a letter for my 7th birthday addressed to Miss Katie. That's me!"

Fill in the Blanks:

1. _______Leonard always says that _______ Karen is her daughter's favorite tutor.
a) Ms., Ms.   b) Miss, Miss   c) Ms., Miss  d) Miss, Ms.   e) a, b, c, or d

2. "__________ Smith, please clear your desk. It is time for your test."
a) Ms. or Miss   b) Mrs.   c) Miss

Answers: e, a

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