Mr, Mrs and Ms + punto

Discussion in 'Spanish-English Grammar / Gramática Español-Inglés' started by pgoncalves, Sep 13, 2008.

  1. pgoncalves New Member

    La pregunta es:
    Hay que colocar un punto después de Mr, Mrs y Ms?
    Yo aprendí que en inglés no se colocaba. Pero últimamente lo he visto tanto que tengo la duda. Alguien podría decirme?

    En español siempre se coloca pues es una abreviatura. Sr. / Sra. / Srta.

  2. fenixpollo

    fenixpollo moderator

    American English
    Hola, pgoncalves, y bienvenido/a al foro.

    En inglés, siempre se coloca el punto porque es una abreviatura. Así me enseñaron a mí, y así sigue, al menos que las reglas hayan cambiado.

  3. mhp Senior Member

    American English
    "In the United States, a period almost always follows the abbreviated form of mister, in line with the standard practice of American English. However, in most Commonwealth countries and in Ireland, the abbreviation is usually spelt "Mr", without a period (that is, a full stop), in keeping with the standard practice of those countries." []

    Mr Jones, Mr President, Mr Speaker[Concise Oxford Dictionary]
    Mr. Doe, Mr. President, Mr. Baseball [Merriam Webster Dictionary]
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2008
  4. pgoncalves New Member


    En Venezuela solemos aprender American English, pero supongo que esa regla me la enseño algún profesor británico.

    gracias por la ayuda,
  5. NatashaP

    NatashaP Senior Member

    Spanish - Spain
    En The Wall Street Journal sí colocan un punto tras el Mr :

    El Diccionario Cambridge no inserta punto:

    ¿Poner punto se considera FALTA DE ORTOGRAFÍA en British English?
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2015
  6. Wandering JJ

    Wandering JJ Senior Member

    British English
    We don't have "correct/incorrect/right/wrong" in British English!

    As stated above, Americans tend to use the full stop (period) more than the Brits. You usually see "U.S." in the U.S. and "UK" in the UK.

    Many decades ago, I was taught that, if the abbreviation ended with the final letter of the full word, then you did not use a full stop. Therefore, Mr, Mrs, Dr (mister, mistress, doctor) were the norm. If the honorific was abbreviated in a manner such that the final letter did not appear in the abbreviation, e.g. Capt. (captain), Rev. (Reverend), Col. (Colonel – the final 'l' is not there!), then we were told to add a full stop.

    The norm these days in British English is to OMIT the stop in the usual honorifics: Mr, Mrs, Ms.

    Un saludo.
  7. FromPA

    FromPA Senior Member

    Philadelphia area
    USA English
    Ms is a recent invention, and at the time of its invention it was considered a big deal that it did not require a period since it was not an abbreviation of any existing word.

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