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    Vocative

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by matwoolf, May 18, 2015.

    Hi,

    Somebody asserted this point as a grammar truth, and I wanted some direction, please.

    If I replace a name in my draft with a 'darling/baby/honey...must it be capitalised? Always?

    Shucks...every draft, every submission ever...

    'I love you, Darling.'

    Eh? Really?

    Dumb.
     
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    No, your somebody is in error. Just because it's a vocative doesn't mean it must be capitalized. Spanish has a rule that's somewhat similar to the erroneous one your friend is invoking, but English has no such.
     
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    Thanks Wreybies, I'm wrestling on-line. He still has the better of me, though. Will spear him in a minute or two.
     
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    I've heard of something similar, but for "Mum" and "Dad" - that those titles should be capitalised when it's vocative. So something like this:

    My sister and Dad never got along.

    So if the capitalisation doesn't apply for nicknames and endearments, does it necessarily apply for "Mum" and "Dad" and other familial titles?
     
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