When will you call the people before you Sir~Madam, Signor~Signora

  • #1
I am sorry I am not a native English speaker.
I have a little problem in English language which bugs me endlessly. I am bored now at the time, hopefully you will understand and sympathize a little for my present bad mood.

When will you call the people before you Sir~Madam, Signor~Signora etc ? In what case ?
I think I will call my professor Sir or Madam. Who else should I call them ?

Thank youu
 

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  • #2
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AlexContourPlus said:
I think I will call my professor Sir or Madam. Who else should I call them ?

Ask them what they want to be called. Some, maybe all, wouldn't mind if you called them by their first name.
 
  • #3
Chrono said:
Ask them what they want to be called. Some, maybe all, wouldn't mind if you called them by their first name.

I agree with Chrono; best to ask politely and sincerely.
 
  • #4
Typically - in terms of standard protocal - teachers are referred to as Mr, Miss, or Mrs followed by their last name. I'd assume professors are called the same inless they have a PHD, then they may be referred to as Dr. whoever. As everyone said, it's probably easiest to ask them what they prefer.
 

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