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    Question Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    My Dad gets cross (with me) if I leave the kitchen in a mess.
    Hi! The sentence I quoted is the example sentence from the Cambridge Dictionary.

    Should I always capitalise the word, such dad, mom, mother if I don't address them?

    I understand I should capitalise dad, mom if I address them, for example, Can I go out, Dad?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Re: Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    Only capitalize these words if they are being used as the name of the person (just as you did in your example). It would not have be in direct address, however. For example: We always loved our visits to Grandmother, but: We always loved visiting our grandmother.

    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra

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    Re: Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    Hi Petra,

    Thank you for your answer.


    Only capitalize these words if they are being used as the name of the person (just as you did in your example). It would not have be in direct address
    Do you mean "indirect" address?

    My Dad gets cross (with me) if I leave the kitchen in a mess.
    Do you think "Dad" is a solecism in this contex?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    Direct: She asked, "What do you think Mom wants for her birthday?"
    Indirect: She asked me what I think Mom wants for her birthday.

    In general, I would say that your example sentence would be

    'My dad gets cross with me...'

    Petra

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    Re: Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    Hi Petra,

    Thank you for your help again.

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    Re: Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    Hi -
    Generally if you are using "my" (or another possessive, or an article) before it, don't capitalize it.

    If you are using it the way you would use a name, capitalize it.

    What does Sue want for breakfast? What does Dad want for breakfast?

    What does your sister want for breakfast? What does your father want for breakfast?

    It always amuses me that my mother will say things to me like "Like I said to Bob - I mean, Dad - ... " as though sometime over the last 42 years I had not figured out that my father's name is "Bob."

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    Re: Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    Hi Barb_D,

    Thank you very much for your answer. I see.

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    Re: Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    "Hey, mom," said Billy, "what's that around your neck?"
    Source: COLLINS COBUILD ENGLISH LANGUAGE DICTIONARY, First published 1987, Reprinted 1988 (twice), 1989

    She lives with her Mom and Dad.
    Source: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Third edition with New Words supplement 2001

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    Smile Re: Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    "Hey, mom," said Billy, "what's that around your neck?"
    Source: COLLINS COBUILD ENGLISH LANGUAGE DICTIONARY, First published 1987, Reprinted 1988 (twice), 1989

    She lives with her Mom and Dad.
    Source: Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, Third edition with New Words supplement 2001
    Exactly. You normally capitalise theses words especially when you want to show more of your respect towards the people you're referring to.


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    Re: Should I capitalised the word of dad?

    Hi Sitifan,

    Thank you for your info. I got lost a bit. It seems there're different opinions about the capitalisation of titles addressing from authorative dictionaries.

    Anyway, I decide to follow Pyoung and Barb_D's suggestions, which comply with the rule I've learned.

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