Business Correspondence Honorifics

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MamaG
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Business Correspondence Honorifics

Post by MamaG » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:37 pm

Please forgive if this has already been asked and answered somewhere...

If I am writing to a Finnish woman in a professional capacity, and I don't know her marital status, is there a Finnish equivalent to the honorific Ms.? I have read that one may use Rouva/Neiti if one is unsure, but that seems rather clunky to my uneducated ear. Thoughts?



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Re: Business Correspondence Honorifics

Post by Upphew » Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:46 pm

MamaG wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:37 pm
Please forgive if this has already been asked and answered somewhere...

If I am writing to a Finnish woman in a professional capacity, and I don't know her marital status, is there a Finnish equivalent to the honorific Ms.? I have read that one may use Rouva/Neiti if one is unsure, but that seems rather clunky to my uneducated ear. Thoughts?
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I wouldn't use neiti/rouva as it does sound clunky. How well you know the recipient?
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