AppositivesAppositives: Are noun phrases that identify adjacent nouns orpronouns 1. They can occur as sentence openers, subject-verb splits, orsentence closers. Ex. John, a young boy from the farm, had a difficult time makingthe adjustment to city life. Ex. Christopher wanted enough time this afternoon to visit thehistorical bank, a building that was first constructed three hundredyears ago.
Appositives: Sentence Openers1. One of eleven brothers and sisters, Harriet was a moody, willful child.2. A balding, smooth-faced man, he could have been anywhere between forty and sixty.
Appositives: Subject-Verb Splits1. Poppa, a good quiet man, spent the last hours before our parting moving aimlessly about the yard, keeping to himself and avoiding me.2. A man, a weary old pensioner with a bald dirty head and a stained brown corduroy waistcoat, appeared at the door of a small gate lodge.
Appositives: Sentence Closers1. The boy looked at them, big black uglyinsects. 2. Hour after hour he stood there, silent,motionless, a shadow carved in ebonyand moonlight.
Appositives: ExerciseEach scrambled sentence has one or moreappositives. Identify them. Thenunscramble the sentence parts and writeout the sentence, punctuating it correctly.Compare your sentences with the originals.
Appositive Exercise #1a. the tyrannosaurb. with huge flaring nostrilsc. a long snuffling inhalation that flutteredBaselton’s trouser legsd. gave Baselton a smell
Appositive Exercise #1: AnswerOriginalWith huge flaring nostrils, the tyrannosaurgave Baselton a smell, a long snufflinginhalation that fluttered Baselton’strouser legs.
Appositives: Exercise #2a. went over to Tom Will’s saloonb. in the late afternoonc. Will Hendersond. and editor of the Eaglee. owner
Appositive Exercise #2 AnswerOriginalIn the late afternoon Will Henderson,owner and editor of the Eagle, went overto Tom Will’s saloon.
Appositives: Exercise #3a. and the jingle of trace chainsb. was louderc. drag of brakesd. the sound of the approaching grainteamse. thud of big hooves on hard ground
Appositives Exercise #3 AnswerOriginalThe sound of the approaching grain teamswas louder, thud of big hooves on hardground, drag of brakes, and the jingle oftrace chains.