Rosie could just about hear her mum sigh behind the kitchen door.


Is this usage of mum a proper noun and needs capitalisation or common noun and correct as is?

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When you refer to the woman as her mum, it is a common noun. If you use Mum as a name, it is a proper noun. "I can hear you sigh, Mum." When the proper noun and common noun are the same word, many people get that confused. Think what you do when when then name is not the same as the common noun. If you had a dog named Dog, you would run into the same problem. But if your dog is named Spot, it is easy to remember when to capitalize. She could hear her dog panting behind the kitchen door. "I can hear you, Spot."

link answered Nov 17 '13 at 13:00 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you Patty, something that has always confused me before.

carol powneyNov 17 '13 at 13:07

“Worn out?” Mum interrupted. So this is a proper noun example?

carol powneyNov 17 '13 at 13:10


Patty TNov 17 '13 at 17:29


carol powneyNov 17 '13 at 21:43

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