How to write to an adult female

In the past, we used Miss (+ surname) for an unmarried woman and Mrs (+ surname) for a married woman.

But things have changed over the last few years. Today we use Ms (+ surname) – pronounced “Mizz” –  for all women – whatever their marital status.

Of course, if you know someone’s marital status and that they prefer to be addressed as Miss or Mrs, I suggest you still use them.

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Written by Christine Burgmer

12. September 2017