Let's say you're talking to Sarah and you make her upset so you say to her
- "I would hate to make Sarah upset."
Is there a term for using 'Sarah' instead of the usual 'you' here?
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The verb would be "naming" (Merriam-Webster):
"'I would hate to inconvenience the world-renowned pianist Sarah Smith,' I said to Sarah, rolling my eyes. She didn't get it, though: she thought my naming her was a sincere compliment."