While learning the English language, you might have come across the word ‘ma’am’ while studying. If you’re not familiar with it, you might be wondering what it means and how to use it. We’ll go over the spelling, as well as the definition and meaning. Plus, you’ll learn how to use it in a sentence correctly.
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Therefore, you should avoid spelling it any other way in your writing.
As you just learned, ‘ma’am’ is always spelled with an apostrophe between two a’s in the middle of the word.
You’d never spell it ‘mam’ or any other incorrect variant spelling.
We just learned that the correct way to spell ‘ma’am’ is with the apostrophe in the middle of the two a’s. And there must be two a’s. If not, the word is incorrect and ungrammatical. Avoid any other spelling of the word in your writing.
Since we have a better idea of how to spell the word, let’s take a look at the definition so that you know how to use it in a sentence later.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word as madam or used without a name as a form of respect. In other words, it’s a polite way to address a woman.
Wondering how to pronounce this word? Here’s a short guide.
To ensure you know how to use this word correctly in your own writing, let’s take a look at some examples of it in a sentence.
To recap, you learned that:
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