T h e A p p o s i t i veRecognize an appositive when you see one.An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that renames anoth...
Reliable, Dianes eleven-year-old beagle, chews holes in theliving room carpeting as if he were still a puppy.Punctuate the...
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The appositive

  1. 1. T h e A p p o s i t i veRecognize an appositive when you see one.An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that renames another nounright beside it. The appositive can be a short or long combination ofwords. Look at these examples:The insect, a cockroach, is crawling across the kitchen table.The insect, a large cockroach, is crawling across the kitchentable.The insect, a large cockroach with hairy legs, is crawlingacross the kitchen table.The insect, a large, hairy-legged cockroach that has spied mybowl of oatmeal, is crawling across the kitchen table.Here are more examples:During the dinner conversation, Clifford, the messiest eater atthe table, spewed mashed potatoes like an erupting volcano.My 286 computer, a modern-day dinosaur, chews floppy disksas noisily as my brother does peanut brittle.Genettes bedroom desk, the biggest disaster area in thehouse, is a collection of overdue library books, dirty plates,computer components, old mail, cat hair, and empty potato chipbags.
  2. 2. Reliable, Dianes eleven-year-old beagle, chews holes in theliving room carpeting as if he were still a puppy.Punctuate the appositive correctly.The important point to remember is that a nonessential appositive isalways separated from the rest of the sentence with comma(s).When the appositive begins the sentence, it looks like this:A hot-tempered tennis player, Robbie charged the umpire andtried to crack the poor mans skull with a racket.When the appositive interrupts the sentence, it looks like this:Robbie, a hot-tempered tennis player, charged the umpire andtried to crack the poor mans skull with a racket.And when the appositive ends the sentence, it looks like this:Upset by the bad call, the crowd cheered Robbie, a hot-temperedtennis player who charged the umpire and tried to crack thepoor mans skull with a racket.

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