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Titel: Nieuw Engelsch lees-, leer- en vertaalboek voor eerstbeginnenden
Auteur: Lagerwey, J.; Ludolph, L.J.C.
Uitgave: Gorinchem: J. Noorduyn en zoon, 1863
5e, verb. dr.
Auteursrechten: Zie auteursrechten
Citeerinstructie: Bijzondere Collecties van de Universiteit van Amsterdam, UBM: Obr. 5818
URL: http://schoolmuseum.uba.uva.nl/bookid/LCSM_201183
Onderwerp: Taal- en letterkunde naar afzonderlijke talen: Engelse taalkunde
Trefwoord: Engels, Leermiddelen (vorm)
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133.
The Mahometan doctor took this occasion of instructing
the Sultan, that nothing was impossible with God; and
that he, with whom a thousand years are but as one day,
can, if he pleases, make a single day, or a single mo-
ment, appear to any of his creatures as a thousand years.
On the expressions Sir, Mr, Lady, Mrs, Madam, etc.
A. Have you seen Sir Barton lately?
B. Sir Barton ? I can't guess what person you speak
of. You don't mean Mr. Barton, do you?
A. Why, isn't it all one, whether I say sir or master?
B. No, indeed it is not, and you shouldn't say master
either, that's applied only to a little boy — but mister.
Sir Barton means nothing. You may say Sir John or Sir
John Barton, but then you're talking of a knight or a
baronet.
A. I don't understand that. Isn't any body called sir
now ?
B. Why, in address, to be sure; but that's quite
another thing. In speaking to a person, you must always
say sir, unless you call him by his name.
A. I'm sure I made a great many blunders till now
about all this. But suppose I address, or speak of more
than one person, how must I say? I can't say Sirs, or
Misters, can I ?
B. No, neither. When you address persons, it is
always gentlemen. In speaking of persons, the common
way is, to use Mr. in the singular, and put the name in
the plural number. For instance, we say, the Mr. Tay-
lors, the Mr. Harrisons, and, by the same analogy, the
Miss Turners, the Miss Cookes. However, in writing,
the French Messieurs is generally preferred, f. i. Messrs.
Smith, Anderson and Co.
A. I saw a letter the other day, addressed, Mr.
White Esq. Is that right now?