What country are you from young man?

  • I'm from Englad.

So, in this sentence, do we any article like "the young man" or "a young man"? By logic i think we must use "the young man". But i hesitate because in the same book, i saw an example, like:

Hi, old man! How are you? .... So long old man!

And in this example, they did not use any article.

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In your example, young man is just a form of address, the same as addressing someone by their name, so an article is not required. There is no logical reason to use the. You wouldn't say "Good morning, the Peter."

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