Richard Nordquist is professor emeritus of rhetoric and English at Georgia Southern University and the author of several university-level grammar and composition textbooks. The word "appositive" comes from the Latin for "to put near. An appositive may be introduced by a word or phrase such as namely, for example, or that is. Appositive Exercises Sentence Building with Appositives Examples of Appositives "My father, a fat, funny man with beautiful eyes and a subversive wit, is trying to decide which of his eight children he will take with him to the county fair. Harcourt Brace, "The hangman, a grey-haired convict in the white uniform of the prison, was waiting beside his machine.
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Appositives Examples Appositives Appositives are nouns, noun phrases, or noun clauses that rename a noun that comes just before them. Remember that an appositivecan be a single word or several words.
Appositives can be essential or nonessential. If the appositive is necessary for the meaning of the sentence, then it is essential.
This means that it cannot be left out. If the appositive is not essential for the meaning of the sentence, and it could be left out, then it is nonessential. Nonessential appositives should be set apart from the sentence with commas. Essential appositives are not set off with commas. My sister Jane is 27 years old. Jane renames sister 2. My mom, who is a nurse, drives a red car.
Who is a nurse renames mom, but it is not essential for the meaning of the sentence. The boy who painted this picture is named Kevin. Who painted this picture renames boy, and it is essential for the meaning of the sentence. Rover renames dog. More Examples of Sentences with Appositives 1. That ladybug, an insect, just landed on the rose bush. Harrison, the principal at my school, wears a tie every day.
I like spaghetti, an Italian dish with noodles and sauce. The play was brilliant, and I enjoyed Mary, the best actress in our school.
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