all have seen this prefix in many documents and we know that it is used
as courtesy prefix like Mr. and Ms. for gents and ladies respectively. But sometimes
people (mainly youngsters) would wonder about 'why this is used?'. I was also
confused on this as to where it should be prefixed, until one day a Corporate
Lawyer while vetting a document pointed out a mistake regarding its wrong use.
Before we go in detail, let me first
brief you about this prefix ‘M/s.’.
What is M/s. & its Use?
M/s. is the short form of the word Messrs which is the plural for Mister
(Mr.), it is actuallyan English abbreviation of the French expression
"messieurs" (french people use this as courtesy title before
addressing a group of man). It should be placed before an organisation's title,
only if that organisation consists of a group of people or simply stating it
needs more than one person before we use it.
For Partnership Firm / Associates :
For Limited Company
M/s. Ra Rao
Raghuvir & Associates
M/s. Gajalaxmi Electronics System
M/s. Reliance Industries Limited
Products Private Limited
One might think as to why it should not be used before a registered company's name,
as a company is in all cases owned by more than one person (except in case of One Person Company). A
Company is a legal entity and is considered as an 'Artificial person'.
And therefore is treated as singular in all cases.
Popularly used in India:
This prefix is widely used in India in
various official documents, before the name of any organisation, while
addressing it in written form. Mostly nobody gives due care as to its
right/wrong use. It may be because this is a very small thing and people are
ignorant enough to research on its correctness.
No violation of any Law:
Wrong use of
the prefix does not lead to violation of any Indian laws. I don’t know about
laws in this regard in other countries as I believe this practice (wrong use)
is mainly spread out in India only.
this small but important use of terminology, helped to improve your
understanding on use of M/s. prefix. You can also share your knowledge in this regard below.