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Direct Address

      Nouns sometimes function to get the attention of someone to whom a person wants to speak. This function is called "Direct Address" because the speaker is directly addressing the person. Note that the name of the person is usually set off by a comma or commas.
 

Peter, where are you going?

Mother, can I have the basket?

Dear Flopsy, you can have the basket.

Mommy, can I stay home?

No, Mopsy, you have to go.

Can you tell me, children, that you will be good?