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    Should I use "of" or "to"

    I think I know the answer but just want to be sure.

    Which sentence is correct? "Alice is mom to Jane and John." or "Alice is mom of Jane and John."

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    Re: Should I use "of" or "to"

    Welcome to the forum.

    What do you think the answer is?

    First correct your typo.

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    Re: Should I use "of" or "to"

    I think the first sentence is correct the way it is written. I think the second sentence WOULD be correct if "the" were added before the word "mom."

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    Re: Should I use "of" or "to"

    You are right. However, "mother to" is also used, frequently in funeral notices.

    "Molly Riordan, mother to Jane and John, and beloved grandmother to Sam, Lisa and Tristram, died peacefully on Saturday December 20th, 2013."

    If you use "to", then no definite article is needed (She is mother to three children). If you use "of", then you need the definite article (She is the mother of three children).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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