Nouns of Direct Address Examples
Nouns (words that name a person, a place, a thing, or an idea) can function in several different ways in a sentence.
Nouns can serve as nouns of direct address, which means that the noun is used to refer to someone directly.
We use nouns of direct address all the time when we are talking. When you read, you often see nouns of direct address in conversations.
Nouns of direct address are always separated from the rest of the sentence with a comma. It does not matter where they are in the sentence.
Some examples of sentences that contain nouns of direct address are below. The nouns of direct address are underlined.
1) William and Mary, will you make sure you clean up your rooms?
2) I don't know, Grandma, whether I want chicken or fish for dinner.
3) I am sure you didn't mean to break the lamp, Kevin.
4) Nick, will you let Jennifer know that dinner is ready?
5) I am waiting, Paula, for your answer to my question.
6) I wonder, Class, if the flowers we planted are sprouting yet.
7) Your plane is ready, Mr. President.
8) Lisa, I really like your new skirt!
9) Mom, I can't find my shoes.
10) Class, take out your books.
11) I would like your help, Thomas.
12) If you want, Katherine, we can go to the fair.