I am very sorry to hear about your mum.

Discussion in 'English Only' started by economistegypt2010, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. economistegypt2010

    economistegypt2010 Senior Member

    Egypt, مصر
    Arabic, العربية
    Someone told me the following in an email: Due to sickness of my mother I am unable to meet you today.

    I was going to say: I am sorry to hear that your mother is ill. But I found while making sure of the correctness of this sentence on the Internet (in the below link) that some people say the following "I am very sorry to hear about your mum." Is it correct to use that in this context?

    The link: http://au.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110322181252AAtxn7C
  2. PaulQ

    PaulQ Senior Member

    English - England
    Both versions are correct and common.
  3. Cenzontle

    Cenzontle Senior Member

    English, U.S.
    I agree, both are correct and common. In the U.S. you would say "your mom".
  4. Biffo Senior Member

    English - England
    I would use the same word as the person who emailed you. If you are writing to a friend then you might wish to be informal. However, if this a business contact you should say 'mother'.
  5. Cenzontle

    Cenzontle Senior Member

    English, U.S.
    Good point, Biffo. "Your mum/mom" is informal, to a friend, and maybe it implies you are acquainted with the mother.

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