An appositive is a noun or a pronoun that renames another noun or pronoun. Appositives are placed directly after the noun or pronoun they identify. Be sure to use commas carefully to establish meaning with essential and nonessential appositives. Otherwise your sentences will not make sense, as these examples show: You Could Look It Up An appositive is a noun or pronoun that renames another noun or pronoun. Confusing: Do you know my friend Bill?
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These nonessential elements, which can be words, phrases, or clauses, are set off with commas. Rule: Use commas before and after nonessential words, phrases, and clauses, that is, elements embedded in the sentence that interrupt it without changing the essential meaning.
If you leave out the element or put it somewhere else in the sentence, does the essential meaning of the sentence change? If so, the element is essential; if not, it is nonessential.
Nonessential: The average world temperature, however, has continued to rise significantly. For help identifying two common types of phrases that can be either essential or nonessential, see the OWL handouts on verbals, which includes information on participial phrases, as well as the handout on appositives, which covers appositive phrases. You can try three different interactive exercises that allow you to practice these rules, each with its own answer key.
ESSENTIAL AND NONESSENTIAL APPOSITIVES PDF
Febar Mary studying at NU got a scholarship to Japan. If the appositive is non- essential, we can also place it before the word or phrase it identifies. Sign In with your ProProfs account. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Now see how incoherent this sentence becomes when the appositives are omitted: This sentence alone, without any additional explanation, may be considered incomplete in meaning too general.
Essential and Nonessential Appositives
What is a nonessential appositive phrase?
What Is an Essential Appositive?
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