Appositive Phrases

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Appositive Phrases

An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that renames another noun right beside it. The appositive can be a short or long combination of words.

Appositives can be easily overused. All it takes is one too many and the sentence can become to long, cluttered and confusing. Use them when they can add to the character of the noun and provide more interest to the sentence.

Examples of Appositive Phrases

  • Gus, Eric's black and white cat, slowly crept up behind the kittens.
  • The bookshelf, a modern piece of furniture, was moved into the house first.
  • The insect, a large and hairy creature, scared the children as they walked outside.
  • My brother, a human garbage disposal, consumed five cheeseburgers in one sitting last night.
  • Kara's bag, a display of her wealth, was stained with paint because she wasn't careful.