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What (determiner, article, pronoun etc.) are we supposed to put before such words as 'mother', 'father', 'family'?

For example, in a sentence "I've been on holidays with my family" do we have to use the possessive adjective 'my'? Isn't it obvious whose family it was?

And in the following:

"Each member of my family was content. The father/my father/father expressed his satisfaction..."

which form should I take? Can I say just "Father expressed..." ?
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Hi,
What (determiner, article, pronoun etc.) are we supposed to put before such words as 'mother', 'father', 'family'? It depends on the context.
eg a father should take care of his family
eg At the wedding, I talked to the father of the bride

Generally speaking, if you are talking about your own family members, say 'my'.
eg My father, my brother.

For mother and father, we sometimes use the word as a title, usually with a capital.
eg Last year Father died, eg Good morninig, Mother.

For example, in a sentence "I've been on holidays with my family" do we have to use the possessive adjective 'my'? Isn't it obvious whose family it was? Maybe you went with your girl-friend, and it was her family.

And in the following:

"Each member of my family was content. The father/my father/father expressed his satisfaction..."
which form should I take?

Can I say just "Father expressed..." ? Yes

Clive
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Students: Are you brave enough to let our tutors analyse your pronunciation?
I hope you get paid for your contribution here, Clive.

Thanks!
Hi,

I wish.

But 'thanks' are appreciated.Emotion: wave

Clive