Grammar Patterns

Vocative nouns

The 'sir' group

These nouns are used to address someone in a polite way.
Ladies and gentlemen, owing to the indisposition of one of our actors, tonight's performance of The Messiah has been cancelled.
Yes, sir, what can we do for you?
  • gentlemen
  • ladies
  • ma'am
  • madam
  • maestro
  • master
  • Miss
  • sir
  • Two nouns are used to show respect when addressing God.
    Lord, we ask this in Jesus' name. Amen.
  • Father
  • Lord
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