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(Stupid question) Native English speakers, when do people use someone's first name, middle name and last name?

Asked by Mimishu1995 (7524 points ) April 8th, 2014

No, not the same-old “first name is for informal use, and last name for formal use”. I already know that fact.

The thing is, sometimes things get quite confusing to me when it comes to English names. For example, I’ve seen school children call a teacher (whose name is George Witman) “Mr. George” in a movie, and a newspaper call someone (whose name is Alfred John Gordon) “John Gordon”. My English teacher (who comes from America) allows us to call her by her first name, hence my class always refers to her as “Mrs. Mary”...

It is a bit confusing sometimes. Can you sum up a list of rules for first name, middle name and last name?

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