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    Mum or mum? Dad or dad?

    Hi,

    Should we capitalize these words or not (mum/dad)? I've seen both, but I haven't found the reason for that.

    Thanks a million in advance.

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    Re: Mum or mum? Dad or dad?

    This thread (available because of your well-titled thread) should answer that question for you: https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/a...um-my-mum.html
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: Mum or mum? Dad or dad?

    If you are using it as you would a name or form of address, you should capitalize:
    Mum, can you come here?
    I gave Dad a watch for his birthday.
    Aunt Arezoo is coming to visit next week.

    However, if you are using it to refer to a member of the family, do NOT capitalize:
    I asked my mum to come here.
    A good daughter is the best gift a dad can receive.
    All of the aunts are coming to visit next week.
    I hope that helps!

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