Stop Saying ‘What Is The Last Price? ‘ – See The Ideal Thing You Should Say

Stop Saying ‘What Is The Last Price? ‘ – See The Ideal Thing You Should Say


The vocative case is the use of a comma to show direct address, emphasis on DIRECT ADDRESS. It happens when a comma is placed in front of words, just before the specific person or thing that is being addressed.


Look at these two examples:


a. I want one, Chioma.✔


b. I want one Chioma.❌


In example ‘a’, I am referring to Chioma, — direct address, so I introduce a comma before her name.


So, in example ‘a’, I am telling Chioma that, I want one “something”, it could be a book, pen, etc.


On the contrary, example ‘b’ means that I want one person called Chioma which is not what I intended to mean. Example ‘b’ would have been correct were that my intention.


You now see why the comma in the vocative case is very important to avoid confusion.


More examples of the vocative case:


Thanks Chinedu.❌


Thanks, Chinedu.✔


Thanks sir.❌


Thanks, sir.✔


In the examples above, I am referring to a specific person called, Chinedu, and a specific, sir, so they should be marked off with a comma.


Without the comma, “Thanks Chinedu” would sound like I, reporting to someone else that Chinedu was thanked by another person. However, with the insertion of the comma, there is a pause indicating that I am thanking, Chinedu.


More examples:


Let us assume that Victor just told me something and I want to tell him that “I know” or “I understand”, how do I write it?


a. I know Victor.❌


b. I know, Victor.✔


Example ‘a’ means that I know who Victor is, but that is not what I meant, but this confusion has arisen because I omitted a comma, hence sentence ‘b’ properly conveys my intention. Sentence ‘a’ would have been correct if I were telling someone else that I know who Victor is.


More examples:


a. I understand Donatella.


b. I understand, Donatella.


Sentence ‘a’ means that I understand Donatella’s personality.


Sentence ‘b’, however, means that I understand what Donatella is saying or trying to say.


So, whenever, you are referring to a specific person or thing, introduce a comma before that person or thing, this is what the vocative case is all about.


I just finished having my devotion.❌ I just finished having my devotionS.✔ Note, “devotion” here is a plural noun.


What is the last price of this car ?.❌


What is the bottom line of this car?.✔


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