Appositive Phrase

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Definition

An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that renames another noun right beside it.

Five Examples

-The insect, a cockroach, is crawling across the kitchen table.

-The insect, a large cockroach, is crawling across the kitchen table.

-The insect, a large cockroach with hairy legs, is crawling across the kitchen table.

-The insect, a large, hairy-legged cockroach that has spied my bowl of oatmeal, is crawling across the kitchen table.

-During the dinner conversation, Clifford, the messiest eater at the table, spewed mashed potatoes like an erupting volcano.

Why is it important

The appositive always appears after the word it explains or identifies.