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Do you know what 'vocative case' is in grammar?
Definition of vocative is, in short: of, relating to, the person being addressed.
So what does it mean when you say the person being addressed needs to be in vocative case?
It's when you separate the name of the person being addressed from the rest of the sentence with a comma.
When a writer is addressing a person directly in a sentence, they need to separate the name with a comma.
"Hey, John, can you come in here?" [correct]
"Sally, are you going to the game tonight? [correct]
"How are you feeling, Mary?" [correct]
"Where do you think you are going, you little devil? [correct}
"Hi Fred. How are you? [incorrect]
"What are you doing in there Tom?" [incorrect]
"I love you sweetheart." [incorrect]
So, if I call you honey, I need a comma to offset it from the sentence. <3
Like this: "Honey, will you pour me a cup of coffee?"
Or This: "I love you, honey."
Both of the above sentences are correct, my friends!
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