Mother of the Groom vs. The Mother of the Groom

Bridge111

New Member
Chinese
Sometimes, I see people writing in the following ways:

Sarah, mother of the groom, is a powerful woman in this family.
Sarah, the mother of the groom, is a powerful woman in this family.

I am not sure whether we should use "the" before mother.
Can some native speaker explain? Thanks!
 
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    English-US
    Hi, Bridge.

    "The" looks normal to me in the phrase. When I read "mother of the groom", I understand that "the" was omitted. Perhaps the writer thought "the" unnecessary. However "the" is not wrong in an appositive phrase like that.
     
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