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In the following sentence, should we use widow or widowed? Why?

My father died when I was nine, and so my mother was a [widow / widowed] with four young children.

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With “a” present before it, you would use “widow”.

You would say this as either:

My father died when I was nine, and so my mother was a widow with four young children.

My father died when I was nine, and so my mother was widowed with four young children.

So, in this case, it’s the first of the two sentences.

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The correct word to use is widow.

My father died when I was nine, and so my mother was a widow with four young children.

This is because with 'a' you should use the noun widow instead of the verb widowed. Alternatively, you could say

My father died when I was nine, and so my mother was widowed with four young children.

widowed is the past participle of widow

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    @cbeleitesunhappywithSX Sorry, my mistake – Khushraj Rathod Jul 15 at 15:40

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