Grammar & Punctuation – Forms of address – English Editing.

The commonest titles used in addresses are:
Miss Mr Mrs Ms
Mr and Mrs are straightforward to use. Mr is used for all men who have no other title, while Mrs is used for married women, Women who are not married can be addressed in letters as Miss, but some women prefer Ms. A number of married women also prefer to be addressed as Ms. If you are in a situation where you do not know the preferences of the person you are writing to, then it is safest to use Mrs for married women and Ms for unmarried women.
Increasingly, however, these forms of address are omitted; instead many people prefer to use a first name followed by a surname. The title Miss particularly is much less used than it was in the past.
The commonest professional title is Dr for doctors (both medical doctors and people who have a higher university degree). Members of the clergy are addressed as The Reverend, abbreviated to Revd (or Rev.).
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Grammar & Punctuation – addresses.

Styles for the presentation of addresses in letters and on envelopes have changed over the years. Recommended practice is to set addresses with the left hand end of lines square (‘left justified’) and without any punctuation:
Oxford University Press
Great Clarendon Street
The postcode is placed separately, on a line of its own, except in the case of London addresses, where it is normally placed on the same line as London:
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Grammar & Punctuation – It+passive.

Some writers like to begin a sentence with It, followed by the passive. For example, the following sentence concerns the options available to a woman who has been attacked:
It is considered that in the last resort it is to civil remedies that she should have recourse.
This is ‘lawyer talk’. It is better to be direct and use the active voice:
We believe that in the last resort she will have to sue her attacker.
In some situations, however, the construction can be useful:
It is believed that similar reserves exist along the coast.
The writer may well not have a clear idea of exactly whose opinion is being quoted, although it is evident that the belief is widespread or well established.
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