We use appositives to redefine or clarify a noun phrase; test your knowledge in this exercise!. Play this game to review Grammar. What is the purpose of an appositive?. Play this game to review Grammar. St. Valentine is the patron saint of lovers. St. Valentine was never married. Which option uses an appositive to combine the.

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It looks like you have JavaScript turned off. While most of our site should function with out, we recommend turning it back on for a better experience. The definition of an appositive is a word or word group that defines or further identifies the noun or noun phrase preceding it. When the noun preceding the appositive provides sufficient identification on its own, use commas around the appositive. Jorge Torres, our senator, was born in California. Our senator is an appositive of the proper noun Jorge Torres.

Our senator is surrounded by commas because Jorge Torres is a precise identifier. CEO Julie Minsky will be our featured speaker. Julie Minsky is necessary to help identify CEOso no commas are used. Julie Minsky, CEO, will be our featured speaker. Julie Minsky is a precise identifier so the appositive is surrounded by commas. The girl who received a scholarship is my sister. The girl by itself is not sufficient information. My sister, who received a scholarship, will attend Harvard.

My sister is a relatively precise identifier. My friend Harvey is an animal lover. My friend is not a precise identifier because one may have numerous friends. Harvey, my friend, loves animals. Harvey is a precise identifier. Pop Quiz Add commas if needed. Ella my little sister will escort you to your seat.

My little sister Ella will escort you to your seat. You have two younger sisters. Ella, my little sister, will escort you to your seat. No commas if you have two or more younger sisters.

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If the article or the existing discussions do not address a thought or question you have on the subject, please use the “Comment” box at the bottom of this page. July 7,at 3: He paused, and in the stillness of the moment, his countenance glowed brightly. This is very helpful. If I read the rule above correctly however, then there should be commas. Thank you for clarifying. Unless Brett is a polygamist, the term his wife is a precise identifier. If so then this means Brett lives with: Here quix three possibilities you can apoositives construct more: Brett lives in Denver with his apositives sons and his wife, Leena.


Brett lives in Denver with his wife, three sons, and his cousin Leena. Brett lives in Denver with his wife, Delores; three sons; and his cousin Leena. Rule 4 of Semicolons: Use the semicolon to separate units of a series when one or more of the units contain commas.

Or, you could remove any doubts by rewriting the sentence as, Shadam will be married in the gold wedding band of her mother, Sarah. In the second sentence, the phrase aappositives to Shadam by her father is essential to the word scarf since it identifies that particular scarf. Therefore no comma is required there; however, if Shadam only has one father, the word Richard is not essential to her father.

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A comma is used around the appositive. In your second example, however, the word friend is not a precise identifier because one may have numerous friends. The name Janice is essential to the meaning of the word friendsince she is not their only friend. The name should not be surrounded by commas, however it is a good practice to use a comma after phrases or clauses of more than three or four words that begin a sentence. After short phrases or clauses, the comma is optional. Charles went to town with his best friend, Mike.

Aided by their friend Janice, the two friends built a treehouse. Aided by a friend I built a treehouse. I think the sentence with my little sister can be both with and without the commas. However, if have only one sister, then the comma should be there. In the first pop quiz question, the appositive is my little sister. The noun preceding the appositive, Ella, provides sufficient identification on its own.

Therefore, commas are used no matter how many sisters you have. In the second quiz question, my little sister would be sufficient if you only had one little sister. You could use commas in that case. No commas are required if you have more than one little sister.

Therefore, the second quiz question could have two acceptable answers. Thank you for pointing this out. We will make the change to this grammar tip. Thank you very much for all information. There is a question in my mind I hope you help me answering it. It is about how could we decide whether this is a subject only or appositive I am not talking about appositive with commas because it is clear enough especially in TOEFL.


We are having a problem understanding your question. Would you provide an example of the type of sentence you need advice on? When the subject is separated from the verb by words such as along with, as well as, besides, or not, ignore these expressions when determining whether to use a singular or plural verb.

A lady, along with her friends, is having dinner with the mayor. Torres, qquiz teacher, was at the music program.

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My best friend, Sam, played the clarinet. His youngest sister, who played the piano, is only in first grade.

My dog, a toy fox terrier, is well-behaved. Where do you see yourself in five years? Although some writers would follow the question mark with a comma in your sentence, most editors would drop the comma and go with just the question mark. It would be advisable to rewrite the sentence to avoid this quandary:. This enhancement allows Department Managers to automatically approve new item requisition requests within Department requisitions: My youngest sister is a precise identifier, since one can only have one youngest sister.

Therefore, the appositive is surrounded by commas. Your sentence is also correct. The plural form thousands is correct in your sentence. Here is my question. In our Rule 1 of Commaswe recommend using it in order to avoid confusion. We also acknowledge that most newspapers and magazines drop this comma in a simple series. As we mention in our comment of January 11,we can follow all the rules perfectly yet the exact meaning of a sentence can still be unclear.

Is that written correctly? But, what about in a possessive case? I look foreward to serving you dinner. After determining whichever of the two words is the direct object, what part of speach is the other? I would like to ask you a question about a sentence.

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Which would be the correct way to write this? You would be better off recasting the sentence; there should be no obligation to go with this awful combination of words. The fix is simple: The parents of Andrew, the dead man, were fighting a custody battle. Salman Rushdie is necessary to help identify Indian-British author. Book titles should be italicized. I have a question regarding a next sentence: An above average student apoositives talented musician John made his family proud. Who is right in this case?