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If married is it mrs or ms?


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June 24, 2014 3:55PM

This is a matter of personal preference. Many older married women prefer Mrs. and, in fact, many still prefer Mrs. "husband´s first and last name" -- ex., Mrs. John Smith rather than using their own name. Younger generations go either way and it´s a matter of choice. Many women keep their own surnames these days. In that case, the use of Ms. is appropriate. If you are addressing both: Mr. and Mrs. Smith; if the woman has kept her own surname: Mr. John Smith and Ms. Jane Brown. I usually use Ms. on all correspondence unless I know for certain the individual prefers Mrs. I'm a 21st century female.