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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


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.

Associated pages:
What is the vocative case?
Glossary of grammatical terms

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