An appositive is a word or group of words that identifies or renames the noun or pronoun that it follows. It is set off by commas unless closely tied to the word that it identifies or renames. ("Closely tied" means that it is needed to identify the word.) Examples: My son Carl is a medical technician. (no commas) Badger, our dog with a missing leg, has a love for cats. (commas needed)
Appositives should not be confused with predicate nominatives. A verb will separate the subject from the predicate nominative. An appositive can follow any noun or pronoun including the subject, direct object, or predicate nominative.
You can make one smooth sentence from two short, choppy sentences by using an appositive. Example: Ila won the prize. It was a trip to Hawaii. Ila won the prize, a trip to Hawaii.
Instructions: Combine the following sentences by using an appositive.
1. Yesterday I saw an exciting movie. It was called Goldeneye.
2. Mr. Jones will be with you shortly. He is the plant manager.
3. That woman is my neighbor. She is a well-known author.
4. Luis can do almost anything. He is a talented person.
5. Do you want to meet Barbara Jean? She is my lab assistant.
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1. Yesterday I saw an exciting movie, Goldeneye. / Yesterday I saw Goldeneye, an exciting movie.
2. Mr. Jones, the plant manager, will be with you shortly. / The plant manager Mr. Jones will be with you shortly.
3. That woman, a well-known author, is my neighbor. / That woman is my neighbor, a well-known author.
4. Luis, a talented person, can do almost anything.
5. Do you want to meet Barbara Jean, my lab assistant? / Do you want to meet my lab assistant Barbara Jean?