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Happy Mother's Day!
Here are a few common words that we use when we talk about our mothers in English:
In more formal situations (with the boss, filling out forms) we use 'mother'. For example:
Boss: Where are your parents from?
Employee: Well, my mother's family is from New York.
In more casual situations (with our co-workers, family and friends) we use 'mom'. For example:
Friend #1: Who did you just call on the phone?
Friend #2: Oh, I had to call my mom.
Little children will call or refer to their mothers as 'mommy' or 'momma' (also spelled 'mama'). Sometimes adults will use these words to emphasize the care they feel towards their mothers, but usually only when speaking directly to their own mothers. For example:
Child: My mommy always picks me up from school.
A note about mom vs. Mom:
When people write notes/emails/letters etc. to their mothers, they might start the note "Dear Mom,". We use a capital letter here because saying Mom is like saying Janet - it is the person's name.
We would also use Mom (capital M), when talking about our mothers to our father or brothers and sisters, anyone in our close family. For example,
Sister: Rick, I forget to tell you that Mom went to work early today.
Brother: Oh, okay. Are you taking me to school, then?
If this seems confusing, you can just remember that if you need to write "my mom" the word will be lowercase, and if you write "Mom" alone without the word 'my' it will be capitalized.
And now, a little about Mother's Day!
Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! In the U.S. we always celebrate Mother's Day on the second Sunday of May.
People call their mothers on the phone, send flowers and little gifts (jewelry is always nice!). If people live close to their mothers, they might go out to brunch or lunch together at a nice restaurant.
Many people also give or send greeting cards to their mothers.
Do you celebrate Mother's Day in your home country? If you do, how do you celebrate? Share in the comments below!
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