Formal Titles to address people in English

Formal Titles in English

In business situations, use formal titles unless the people you meet tell you otherwise. To get someone's attention you can say: "Excuse me, Sir" or "Pardon me, Madam/Ma'am." To greet someone you can say: "Hello Sir" or "Good morning, Madam/Ma'am."

Here are the formal titles English speakers use:
  1. Sir (adult male of any age)
  2. Ma'am (adult female - North American)
  3. Madam (adult female)
  4. Mr + last name (any man)
  5. Mrs + last name (married woman who uses her husband's last name)
  6. Ms + last name (married or unmarried woman; common in business)
  7. Miss + last name (unmarried woman)
  8. Dr + last name (some doctors go by Dr + first name)
  9. Professor + last name (in a university setting)

what does "for the record" mean?

for the record
so that (one's own version of) the facts will be known; for open, public knowledge. (This often is said when thereare reporters present.) I'd like to say—for the record—that at no time have I ever accepted a bribe from anyone.For the record, I've never been able to get anything done around city hall without bribing someone.
See also: record
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

for the record
something that you say when you are about to tell someone something important that you want them toremember Just for the record, I've never been to his house and I've only met him a few times, whatever themedia is saying.
See also: record
Cambridge Idioms Dictionary, 2nd ed. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2006. Reproduced with permission.

for the record
1. officially and publicly He is a Congressman known for saying what other politicians will not say for the record.
2. (spoken) so that the facts are clear Just for the record, I was not even born when the events I'm describinghappened.
See also: record
Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2003. Reproduced with permission.

to do or to doing?

This may be a very easy question to many of you and may not deserve to be here. But it has been bothering me for a long time..
Should I add ing behind the verb after proceed to just like how it should be after look forward to?
Now proceed to writing on the paper.
Or should I just express it this way?
Now proceed to write on the paper.



In the first case, to is a preposition. Accordingly, the phrase proceed to means to make progress by moving to the next stage in a series of actions or events, or to move in a particular direction.
Therefore, in my opinion, a more suitable sentence would be:
Now, proceed with writing on the paper.
In the second case, to is the part of the infinitive to write, and describes the action you have in mind (take a look at proceed to do something), though, it is used sometimes to express surprise or annoyance.


"To" as a preposition indicates "writing" the next stage in a series. Its use would be appropriate given that context. Using "with" gives "proceed" an additional connotation, that of beginning or resuming an action. (e.g. "Since you cleaned the toilet you may proceed with playing your video games.") "To" emphasizes the series while "with" stresses the beginning/resumption. Without knowing the surrounding context it is difficult to judge which word is more suitable in the OP's example.