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Is it mommies or mommy's ?
« on: July 12, 2007, 01:25:07 PM »
So which is correct?

mommies or mommy's

and is it...

mothers or mother's

and is any of this capitalized?
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Re: Is it mommies or mommy's ?
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2007, 01:45:28 PM »
All of them can be correct, depending on context.

"mommies" is the plural of "mommy".  So, if you said, "All the mommies clubbed together to buy a new swing set for the school", that would be correct, but "The mommies purses were empty after they had donated so much cash for the swing set" would be incorrect

"mommy's" is the possessive form of the singular noun "mommy".  So, if you said, "He has his mommy's eyes" that would be correct, but "All the mommy's wanted to donate their eyes to charity" would be wrong.

Ditto the above for mothers (= mommies) versus mother's (= mommy's)

Plural possessives for each would be mommies' and mothers'

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Re: Is it mommies or mommy's ?
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2007, 01:59:25 PM »
That's perfect!  Thanks so much for the quick response Sat.

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Re: Is it mommies or mommy's ?
« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2007, 09:25:29 AM »
Yes, great answer, Amie. Just to add as well, there is no need for initial caps unless the term is being used in place of the person's name. So it would be:

"The next race is just for mommies."

But,

"Is Mommy coming to the show with us?"

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Re: Is it mommies or mommy's ?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 08:09:36 PM »
one quick clarification......the phrase "mommies" ....is that considered correct use? I've always seen "mother" and mothers" used in narrative/narration and mommy used in informal tone. Very rarely see "mommies" unless in dialogue with a kid.
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Re: Is it mommies or mommy's ?
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 05:40:58 AM »
It depends on the context again. If the story is being narrated by a relatively young person, they might use Mom or Mommy rather than 'my mother' which is rather formal.

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