Grammar Patterns

Vocative nouns

The 'captain' group

These nouns are used to address someone with a particular job or rank in a fairly formal way. They are often spelled with a capital letter.
You can tell your men to prepare to move out, Captain.
I've no idea, Inspector.
I've been sick again, nurse.
  • bishop
  • brother
  • captain
  • colonel
  • commander
  • comrade
  • constable
  • count
  • countess
  • detective
  • doctor
  • father
  • general
  • inspector
  • lieutenant
  • major
  • minister
  • nurse
  • officer
  • prime minister
  • professor
  • sergeant
  • sergeant major
  • sister
  • vicar
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