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Sarahs mums house

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petitdonkey Sat 08-Apr-17 09:16:29

Please punctuate for me to settle a debate!

petitdonkey Sat 08-Apr-17 09:17:29

In the context of 'it will be at sarahs mums house' - SO hard to write that with no punctuation at all!

NennyNooNoo Sat 08-Apr-17 09:17:40

Sarah's Mum's house.

allegretto Sat 08-Apr-17 09:17:55

Sarah's mum's house - if Sarah has one mum. Mums' if Sarah has 2 mums. smile

SaorAlbaGuBrath Sat 08-Apr-17 09:18:31

Sarah's Mum's house. The mum belongs to Sarah and the house belongs to the mum.

kittybiscuits Sat 08-Apr-17 09:18:35

Unless Sarah has more than one mum - then it's Sarah's Mums' house.

cannabalhector Sat 08-Apr-17 09:20:49

The 'rule' - if it helps - is that the apostrophe goes immediately after the last letter of the word which describes the 'possessor'.

So: Sarah's - because the mum(s) belong to Sarah.

mum's - if the house belongs to Sarah's mum

mums' - if the house belongs to Sarah's mums.

seasontotaste Sat 08-Apr-17 09:38:27

The house of the mum of Sarah. Therefore Sarah's Mum's house.

Will Sarah inherit? smile

petitdonkey Sat 08-Apr-17 11:57:42

Thank you!! DH said I was wrong and that apostrophes in both was odd- I was 99% certain I was right but he made me doubt myself. I'm normally pretty good with grammar but there's always 'the fear' that I will make a glaring mistake!!

petitdonkey Sat 08-Apr-17 11:58:55

Sarah probably won't inherit after she hosts a party at her Mum's house! grin

VintagePerfumista Thu 13-Apr-17 07:20:01

"mum" wouldn't need a capital in your example.

forwardgoing Thu 13-Apr-17 09:24:28

I think Mum could either be capitalised or not. The word could be used as a title or as a description.

VintagePerfumista Thu 13-Apr-17 10:22:47

If "mum" is used as a substitution for a name, then it's capitalised, otherwise not.

"I'm buying Mum a box of chocolates"

"His mum is driving me mad"

worriedmumtoteen Tue 18-Apr-17 15:42:58

Sarah's mum's house.

'Mum' doesn't need a capital there.

If you say 'hello, Mum' you'd use a capital, but 'her mum was mad' needs no cap.

Iris65 Tue 18-Apr-17 15:44:17

Sarah's Mum's house.

Iris65 Tue 18-Apr-17 15:44:55

Ooooh. Didn't know that about mum vs Mum. Thanks!

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