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    I'm working on my first book,an autobiography . I wanted to make sure when do I use capital letters with there words?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazycat
    I'm working on my first book,an autobiography . I wanted to make sure when do I use capital letters with there words?
    If you use those words as a substitute for their names, capitalize the words; if you are referring to them as relatives, don't capitalize.

    My mom and dad were great people.

    Then Mom came in and said hello to my friends.

    I'm home, Dad.

    My dad is in the living room.

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    And 'mum' is a more common spelling in BE.

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    My mum always signs off in her letters using Mom. I guess she watches too much American television. ;)

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    Many do, but I'd say the majority spell it with a 'u'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Many do, but I'd say the majority spell it with a 'u'.
    Do Brits spell "mother" as "muther"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Many do, but I'd say the majority spell it with a 'u'.
    Do Brits spell "mother" as "muther"?
    ‘Mum’ is the short form of ‘Mummy’*. That’s probably a phonetic transcription of the Italian word ‘mamma’ which means ‘mother’. I suppose that it is spelt ‘mum’ in order to be, or because it is pronounced /mʌm/.

    *mummy = mother, not the Egyptian mummy

    :) :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dianelys
    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork
    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Many do, but I'd say the majority spell it with a 'u'.
    Do Brits spell "mother" as "muther"?
    ‘Mum’ is the short form of ‘Mummy’*. That’s probably a phonetic transcription of the Italian word ‘mamma’ which means ‘mother’. I suppose that it is spelt ‘mum’ in order to be, or because it is pronounced /mʌm/.

    *mummy = mother, not the Egyptian mummy

    :) :D
    Why would British people use a phonetic Italian translation, if, indeed, that is what it is?

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    May I make a suggestion or two?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lazycat
    I'm working on my first book,an autobiography . I wanted to make sure when do I use capital letters with there words?
    In the second sentence, use want, not wanted. After all, you are talking about the present, not the past. Also, if you are talking about mom and dad use those words. (The phrase there words is a distinctly unlikely construction.)

    :)

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    Default Re: The word Dad and Mom

    Quote Originally Posted by Lazycat
    I'm working on my first book,an autobiography . I wanted to make sure when do I use capital letters with there words?
    I think what matters is what those words mean to you. But if you use it with the capital once, you have to use it all the time - same with Fatherland or fatherland, if you know what I mean :)

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