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    #1

    relax my baby

    Hi,

    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/baby_1

    woman spoken: used to address someone that you love: Relax baby, we're on holiday.

    I would like to ask if we can use 'my baby' or not.

    - Relax my baby, we're on holiday.

    Thank you.

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    Re: relax my baby

    Speaking to someone you love, you can use any words of affection you like. Who's going to stop you?

    Longman made a serious error in not putting a comma between 'Relax' and 'baby'.

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    #3

    Re: relax my baby

    It doesn't sound natural to me.

    Granted, we do say "my dear", so 'relax, my dear' would work, but for some reason 'relax my baby' sounds odd to my ear. It sounds like you're trying to tell someone to relax your infant, rather than using a term of endearment.

    I guess it's because we also say 'my son/daughter/child', so 'baby' becomes confusing.


    These sound ok to my ear with or without 'my'.
    Relax, (my) dear.
    Relax, (my) love.
    Relax, (my) son/daugther/child

    To me, these only work without 'my'.
    Relax, sweetie. (Although you might hear 'my sweet')
    Relax, honey/sugar
    Relax, babe/baby
    Relax, doll.

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    #4

    Re: relax my baby

    In context, "relax, my baby" would not be confusing to me.

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