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Vocative Case

The vocative case is one of the 4 main cases in modern English.  The vocative case is used to indicate direct address (i.e., talking to somebody directly). Names in the vocative case are offset using commas

Examples:

Where have you been, Charlie?
Jonathan, do not forget your shower gel. 
And that, your Honour, concludes our case. 

Interactive example:
Do me a favour, Kev, and ask Tim to stop bleating about the wind. [show me the vocative case]

Nouns and pronouns in the vocative case are identical to those in subjective case. However, they should be offset using comma(s). This is why the vocative case is distinguished as a case.
 

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What is the vocative case?
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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