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Chapter 26. Forms of Address > Some Additional Guidelines

Some Additional Guidelines

The Honorable and The Reverend

"The Honorable" is a title of distinction reserved for appointed or elected government officials such as congressional representatives, judges, justices, and cabinet officers. "The Honorable" is never used before a surname alone—for example, The Honorable Thomas Jones, NOT The Honorable Jones. Also, do not combine "The Honorable" with a common courtesy title, such as "Mr." or "Ms."—for example, NOT The Honorable Mr. Thomas Jones. Never abbreviate "The Honorable" in either forms of address or formal writing.

"The Reverend" should be used in official or formal writing. "The Reverend" is often abbreviated to "The Rev." or just "Rev." in informal and unofficial writing. However, when used in conjunction with a full name, "The Reverend" must be used—for example, The Reverend John Reeves or The Reverend Dr. Louise A. McGinnis. Notice that both titles are used with the full name on the envelope address but not in the salutation of the letter. Also note that "The" always precedes these titles.


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