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What is an Appositive?

Appositive: a noun that follows a noun and renames it. A comma goes before the appositive, and a comma or period after the appositive.




Jessica, the teacher, is very organized.

Jessica = leading noun

The teacher = following noun, renames Jessica as the teacher

The teacher = appositive


Everyone at school likes the nurse, Mrs. Thompson.

Nurse = leading noun

Mrs. Thompson = following noun, renames the nurse as Mrs. Thompson

Mrs. Thompson = appositive


Our friends, the David’s, are humorous.

Our friends = leading noun

The David’s = following noun, renames our friends as the David’s

The David’s = appositive


*End of lesson on Appositives*       Take A Quiz Now