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08:46 Mar 1, 2001
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
French term or phrase: monsieurs
abbreviation of monsieurs
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Summary of answers provided
naMessrsLouise Atfield
naSirsHélène Lévesque
naMessrs.
Parrot
nacommentAlbert Golub
naM. (for monsieur singular), MM. (for messieurs plural)Albert Golub
naMessrs. OR MessrsSerge
naMessrsxxxHenri


  

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12 mins
Messrs


Explanation:
own knowledge

xxxHenri
Local time: 18:33
PRO pts in pair: 49

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Albert Golub
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34 mins
M. (for monsieur singular), MM. (for messieurs plural)


Explanation:
hope it helps
grevisse le bon usage
hope it helps

Albert Golub
Local time: 18:33
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in pair: 359
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1 hr
Messrs. OR Messrs


Explanation:
Messieurs (Fr.)or Monsieurs = Gentlemen
Abbr. = Messrs. OR Messrs
Monsieur (Fr.) = Mister
Abbr. = Mr. OR Mr

Hope it can help you.

Best Regards,
Serge


    Serge Roshchin
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Serge
PRO pts in pair: 10
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1 hr
comment


Explanation:
you may make the decision you wish but write down my answer and ask somebody if he knows what the "Grevisse" is: it's the reference as far as (very) formal French is concerned.

Albert Golub
Local time: 18:33
Native speaker of: French
PRO pts in pair: 359
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1 hr
Messrs.


Explanation:
In English. That's for Messieurs.

Parrot
Spain
Local time: 18:33
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1861
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5 hrs
Messrs


Explanation:
First of all, "Monsieurs" is wrong. The plural of "Monsieur" is "Messieurs". It makes sense, since the word is originally two words "mon sieur" which becomes "mes sieurs" in the plural.

The abbreviation of "Messieurs" is MM. (including the dot)

In English, the plural form of Mr is "Messrs" (no dot), which is itslef an abbreviation of Messieurs. Go figure...

By the way, "mister" is a weakened form of the prononciation of Mr, which in fact is the abbreviation for "Master".

References: New Harrap French English Dictionary
Petit Robert
Oxford Encyclopeadic English Ddictionary

Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 300
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7 hrs
Sirs


Explanation:
I see it all the time. It seems more commonly used than other abbreviations.
Actually, business letters addressing to a number of people usually begin by : "Dear Sirs..."
Hope it helps.
Hélène

Hélène Lévesque
Local time: 11:33
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in SpanishSpanish
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