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What is the difference between the words “address” and “adress”? [closed]

I and another person had a dispute. I said that the word "adress" in the English language does not exist, but I was told that I was wrong and I should correctly write "adress", and not "address". Does ...
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Using correct words

Can students call their teacher madam? Example: In a conversation between a teacher and a student. Student: May I open the window, madam? Teacher: It doesn't matter. Do people in UK or USA use ...
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How to address a woman in a letter?

When writing a letter or an e-mail to a man I know the (sur-)name of ("Smith"), I would write: Dear Mr. Smith, What should I use when addressing a woman? Is it (like for married women): Dear ...
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Is it proper to address a woman “Lady”?

I know when you address a group of people, you may use "Ladies and Gentlemen". But if you need to address a woman that you don't know her name, is it OK to address her "Lady"? For example, can I say ...
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which one is more common: mister or sir?

I was wondering which one of these two sentences is more common: 1)Can I help you, sir? 2)Can I help you, mister? I always thought that mister, actually the abbreviation form (Mr) is only ...
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Title for young girl

If Master is used as a title for writing the name of a young boy (as in Master William), what is used before the name of a young girl?
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Non-binarist “Dear Sir or Madam”

Years ago, before this site existed, I asked a question about the phrase "Dear Sir or Madam" on English Language & Usage SE. Yesterday, I got a new comment: "Dear Sir or Madam" and "Dear Sir/...
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If you only know the name of someone, is it OK to call him Mr. John or Ms. Jane?

If you have to send an email to someone acquaintance and you only know the first name, would you address him/her as Mr. John or Ms. Jane? The intention is to sound as formal as possible. So, no 'Hello ...
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A pronoun to disrespect

My mother tongue is Hindi and we have two second Pronouns तू and आप translation in English' You' they both work for second person For example: Disrespectful Interrogative clause in Hindi language ...
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Your Grace, Your Majesty, Your Highness… Does it all mean the same?

A lot of ways you can actually address the queen or someone from the royal family. But do these all phrases mean the exact same thing or is there a difference between them? Maybe it depends whether ...
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Addressing a teacher properly

How can I address a teacher when I don't know his or her name? Can I say "excuse me sir" or "excuse me teacher"?
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How to figure out whether I can address a person as “homie” or “dog”? Is it offensive?

It's something I picked up from video games. For instance in GTA V video game a slang language like "Whats up, homie?" or "See ya, dog!" is used all the time. My question is - under what circumstances ...
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Why is it “Deadpool”, not “Dead Pool”?

I have watched the movie Deadpool. I found the name quite interesting and read the following article about its origin. As explained in the movie, Deadpool takes his name from the “dead pool” at ...
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What is the accepted or acknowledge way to turn to professor or teacher?

What is the accepted or acknowledge way to turn to professor or teacher at the college or at the university? For example if I have a question to ask him, Should I say to him "professor" or "teacher" ...
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Elegant way to address a lady

I captured these two shots from Transformers Dark of the Moon. The lady was pissed when addressed as "Ma'am". However, Colonel Lennox surely meant no disrespect, as military protocol advises that ...
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Usage of the word 'sir'

As I guess, the word 'sir' is to call a man whose position is higher or whose age is older. For example like school principal (and I am a student of the school). And one day when I was watching a ...
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How could I address students in a higher grade than me?

I know the word upperclassman but it means a junior or senior student in an American high school, college, or university. If I was a freshman I cannot call a sophomore an upperclassman. What the word ...
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Are “dude” and “man” disrespectful words?

What is the exact nuance of dude or man? I'm studying English from Japan. I want to know how people feel about dude or man. Is it just a friendly way to call close friends? Like addressing a ...
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Why is there a comma before “my friends” in this sentence?

In the sentence below, why is "my friends" set off with a comma? “It is a great misfortune to be alone, my friends; and it must be believed that solitude can quickly destroy reason.” ― Jules ...
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What are some polite ways to address a group in a forum post?

I'm a member in many forums (part of them are professional groups with doctors). For example, when I want to post on Facebook I don't know what is the polite way to address a lot of people, although I ...
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Is “thee” a more respectful way to refer to the person that the speaker is addressing?

For instance in text books -more precisely audiobooks- like Uncle Tom's Cabin, and some others that I can't recall now, I've heard the word "thee" when the speaker meant to say "you". I wonder if ...
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Why are these two titles together: Mr. President

They both are titles- Mr. and President. But, Mr. President is a valid address to Mr. Barack Obama. Is it grammatically okay? I am also confused what if there is a lady president. How do we address ...
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Confusion about the use of colon

All the Leo Messi fans here in this sub: if he joined either City or Chelsea, would you then hate him? IS the use of colon in the sentence above is correct? Actually I don't know the proper use of ...
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How do we address an unmarried old woman?

Say, Jeane is a 50 year old unmarried woman. And I insist on using titles. So, while talking about her with somebody else, shall I say, "This is Mrs. Jeane's house?" In writing, of course, we can use ...
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How to address more than one person?

How do you address more than one person? If there was one person, you would say You are awesome! and if there was 2 male people/animals, you could say You guys are awesome! and same with the ...
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Can I use “dear” and “darling” to address a friend who is older, younger or the same age as me?

Can I use "dear" and "darling" to address a friend who is older, younger or the same age as me? In one email I'll send to a friend who is older than me, can I say this? Dear, I know what you mean,...
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Word order when addressing someone

When I want to adress someone, is it correct to put one's name at the beginning or at the end of the sentence? On different forums when I need to thank someone, what is the best way to say: Thank ...
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How do we respectfully address kids whose names we don't know?

When it's about adults, we have plenty of choices... Mr., Ms., Mrs., or even Sir and Madam. But then what about kids? Kids aging 7 to 12 (approx). What about in our practice, a day-to-day practice? ...
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How to address a French aristocrat by last name?

For example, the full name of a French mathematician is Guillaume François Antoine, Marquis de l'Hôpital. Should I call him Monsieur de l'Hôpital, Monsieur l'Hôpital, or Monsieur Antoine?
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Addressing two people in one mail [closed]

I would like to address a mail to two persons not in a strictly professional manner, something like 'Hi Ann/Jack' is this the correct way of mentioning? Also is use of a slash considered professional?...
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How to address correctly: “Please someone …” or “Someone please …”?

How should one address a person or a group of people, for example, in a email conversation at the start of a sentence? Please somebody do something very simple if some simple condition. Somebody ...
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Can “sir” be used together with titles?

In Italian, signore or signor (equivalent to Mr. or sir, depending on the context) can be used together with other titles, for example with dottore ("doctor"), or military ranks (e.g. capitano, "...
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How do you address a policeman on duty?

How do you address a policeman while he is on duty (e.g., when you are asked to stop at a checkpoint)? The word "policeman" itself seems quite unusual to me, and some sources suggest "officer". Is ...
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Addressing a group of women as “you guys”

The word "guy", in its singular form, is used to refer to a man, so it's gender specific. However, in colloquial language, you can also use the expression "you guys" to refer to a group of people. ...