The imperative is often used with a vocative. This is where you mention a person’s name or some other way of identifying the person to whom a command or request is being addressed.
The vocative - Easy Learning Grammar
- David, come here!
- Come here, David.
- Hey, you, stop talking!
- Peter, do you know where I put the DVD?
- Have you seen Chris recently, Jenny?
- Tony, would you pass me the hammer?
- Could I speak to you privately for a minute, Sue?
- Sam, get off there!
- You, come back!
- Would you stop talking now, darling, and go to sleep.
- Would you get off there, please, Sam.
Note the punctuation. There should be a comma between the vocative part of the clause and the remainder.
As part of a command, except for urgent warnings, the use of the vocative is considered rude or abrupt.PreviousNext