LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||15/JUL/2013 3:11 PM|
|Assunto:||Títulos e sir|
Let's say the speaker ( receptionist, clerk, attendant ) said it this way "Good evening, Mr. ...", and added a brief pause expecting the client or guest to add his last name, then there would be no grammatical mistake.
Good evening, Mr ... (brief pause) how may I help you?
The other speaker could interrupt and add his last name.
Good evening, Mr ...
Good evening, Mr. Silva, how may I help you?
If a last name is not used, a polite form of addressing someone is by the use of sir or ma'am
Good evening, How may I help you? ( I wouldn't add sir or ma'am to this sentence because it is already very polite. )
Grammar can be divided in distinct areas, such as form ( formulas, structures ), meaning ( what it says ), and usage ( how people use it, for example: "long time no see".
Long time no see is grammatically incorrect but its usage is acceptable by native speakers.
Use, Form, and Meaning
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