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That all nouns of the vocative case are of the second person.

The vocative is preceded by a, which signifies O, or by a personal pronoun.

It will be observed that the prefix Hil marks the vocative case.

The Vocative is employed when a person or thing is addressed.

The interjection of the vocative is with some hiua, and with others me.

The abandonment of the vocative for a new subject is artless.

Lado, the vocative of Lada, the goddess of love, in the old Slavonian mythology.

"Anactoria," he saw, was vocative—and that was greatly significant.

The Irish form of the first is tuathtach: of the second thuathchin (vocative).

Agra or Agraw: a term of endearment; my love: vocative of Irish grdh, love.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "showing the person or thing spoken to," from Middle French vocatif (fem. vocative), from Latin vocativus (casus) "(case of) calling," from vocatus, past participle of vocare "to call" (see voice (n.)). The Latin is a translation of Greek kletike ptosis, from kletikos "related to calling," from kletos "called."

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