Appositives Examples

Appositives

Appositives are nouns, noun phrases, or noun clauses that rename a noun that comes just before them. Remember that an appositivecan be a single word or several words.

Appositives can be essential or nonessential. If the appositive is necessary for the meaning of the sentence, then it is essential. This means that it cannot be left out. If the appositive is not essential for the meaning of the sentence, and it could be left out, then it is nonessential.

Nonessential appositives should be set apart from the sentence with commas. Essential appositives are not set off with commas.

Examples of Appositives:

Examples of Sentences with Appositives with Explanation

1. My sister Jane is 27 years old. (Jane renames sister)

2. My mom, who is a nurse, drives a red car. (Who is a nurse renames mom, but it is not essential for the meaning of the sentence.)

3. The boy who painted this picture is named Kevin. (Who painted this picture renames boy, and it is essential for the meaning of the sentence.)

4. Sarah's dog Rover is a golden retriever. (Rover renames dog.)

More Examples of Sentences with Appositives

1. That ladybug, an insect, just landed on the rose bush.

2. Mr. Harrison, the principal at my school, wears a tie every day.

3. I like spaghetti, an Italian dish with noodles and sauce.

4. Marcus, my sister's hamster, likes to run in a wheel.

5. The play was brilliant, and I enjoyed Mary, the best actress in our school.

6. I really like my grand father's horse Chester.

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