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LESSON 34 PARTS OF SENTENCE-APPOSITIVES

Parts of the Sentence - Appositives

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.


should not be confused with predicate nominatives. A verb will separate the subject from the predicate nominative. An can follow any noun or pronoun including the subject, direct object, or predicate nominative.

 

Identify the appositives in the following sentences and tell whether they are appositives to subjects, direct objects, or predicate nominatives.


 

1. The neighbor boys, the twins, were excellent baseball players.
2. The girl in the red dress is Sarah, our best actress.
3. Have you read Brothers, a book by Dean Hughes?
4. There goes Grant Long, the electrical contractor.
5. My friend, Matt Matson, collects lost hubcaps.



 

Answers


 

1. twins = appositive to the subject, boys
2. actress = appositive to the predicate nominative, Sarah
3. book = appositive to the direct object, Brothers
4. contractor = appositive to the subject, Grant Long
5. Matt Matson = appositive to the subject, friend


 

 
Parts of the Sentence - Appositives


 

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.


should not be confused with predicate nominatives. A verb will separate the subject from the predicate nominative. An can follow any noun or pronoun including the subject, direct object, or predicate nominative.

Identify the appositives in the following sentences and tell whether they are appositives to subjects, direct objects, or predicate nominatives.


 

1. My brother Bill has a cabin in the mountains.
2. Friday, my birthday, will be the thirteenth.
3. Hopping on the fence was a rare bird, the cedar waxwing.
4. This is Fred, an old roommate of mine.
5. Have you seen my car, an old Rambler.



 

Answers


 

1. Bill = appositive to subject, brother
2. birthday = appositive to subject, Friday
3. cedar waxwing = appositive to subject, bird
4. roommate = appositive to predicate nominative, Fred
5. Rambler = appositive to direct object, car


 

Parts of the Sentence - Appositives


 

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.


should not be confused with predicate nominatives. A verb will separate the subject from the predicate nominative. An can follow any noun or pronoun including the subject, direct object, or predicate nominative.

Appositives may be compound. Example: The two children, Wendy and Sam, are excellent students.


may be compound. Example: The two children, and , are excellent students.

Identify the appositives in the following sentences and tell whether they are appositives to subjects, direct objects, or predicate nominatives.


 

1. Our leading scorer is Michael, the center and captain of the team.
2. These two students, Kay and Eric, are new to our school.
3. The doctor helped two patients, the boy with the broken leg and the girl with a burned arm.
4. Our neighbors, the Smiths and the Fehers, are moving next week.
5. James loves two games, checkers and chess.



 

Answers


 

1. center/captain = appositives to predicate nominative, Michael
2. Kay/Eric = appositives to subject, students
3. boy/girl = appositives to direct objects, patients
4. Smiths/Fehers = appositives to subject, neighbors
5. checkers/chess = appositives to direct object, games


 

 
Parts of the Sentence - Appositives


 

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.


should not be confused with predicate nominatives. A verb will separate the subject from the predicate nominative. An 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.


 

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.



 

Answers


 

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.
That woman is a well-known author, my neighbor. / That woman, my neighbor, is 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?

 

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