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For all you grammar buffs...

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For all you grammar buffs...

I am writing to someone regarding my mum's house and wondering what the correct format is.
Should I write:
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I am contacting you regarding my mum's, Joan, house
or
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I am contacting you regarding my mum, Joan's, house

The former appears to look correct but the latter seems to sound correct. Any views on this?

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Thunderclap
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Re: For all you grammer buffs...

Try...

I am contacting you with regard to my mother's property.
I am contacting you regarding to your enquiry about my mother Joan's property.
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Re: For all you grammer buffs...

Yes, now the last one looks right. Simply didn't need the superfluous commas.

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Re: For all you grammer buffs...

But no to after regarding required Roll eyes
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Re: For all you grammer buffs...

I think the first version is also correct in that  < , Joan, >  is effectively a clause in parentheses.  i.e. It adds some definition to the sentence, bur removing it still leaves a valid meaningful sentence.  But I'd agree that it looks and sounds ugly.  I'd never use it like that!
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Re: For all you grammer buffs...

Depends how formal this is, I'd try something like: I am writing to you about the house of my mother, Joan Surname.
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Re: For all you grammar buffs...

...and nobody noticed the deliberate mistake in the title Wink
Now corrected.
It's an email to a solicitor so quite formal.

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Re: For all you grammar buffs...

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...and nobody noticed the deliberate mistake in the title Wink
I certainly did and I assume almost everyone else did too, and like me assumed it was humerus to attract attention.  Wink
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Re: For all you grammar buffs...

Cool Grammy buffs too.
If it's formal then something like,
Dear {solicitor's name},
[ [color=navy]further to my recent conversation with {name},  ] I am writing to you with regard to
my mother Joan {surname} and her property at { first line of address }.

-or-
my mother Joan {surname}'s property at { first line of address }.
etc
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Hope that helps. If it's formal, state specifics like addresses, fullnames, reference numbers and the like, so there's no ambiguity.
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Re: For all you grammar buffs...

if you've already had correspondence from the solicitor use the same style as he used in his email/letter to you.
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Re: For all you grammar buffs...

If its that formal Mav, I would use; "My mother Mrs <surname>" rather than her christen name. I have been very friendly with a solicitor for many years who has done some work for me, in correspondence he always refers to us as Mr or Mrs <surname> never by first names.
Otherwise I would favour Thanderclap's first option.
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Re: For all you grammar buffs...

Thanks for all the input and advice.
My OP was more for illustration purposes rather than what I would actually type.
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...and nobody noticed the deliberate mistake in the title Wink
I certainly did and I assume almost everyone else did too, and like me assumed it was humerus to attract attention.  Wink

Of course it was Wink

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