Essential and Nonessential Appositives Examples

Essential and Nonessential Appositives

Remember that an appositive is a noun or noun phrase that renames a noun that is beside it in the sentence. An appositive typically renames a noun that is right before it in the sentence.

Some appositives are essential. This means that the information contained in the appositive is necessary for the meaning of the sentence. You need that information. Other appositives are nonessential. This means that the information is not needed for the sentence to make complete sense.

Examples of Essential and Nonessential Appositives:

My only sister, her name is Lisa, is coming home to see me today! (nonessential)

My sister Caroline is the only one of my sisters who likes to eat vegetable soup. (essential-necessary to know that the sister you mean is Caroline)

Practice:

1. The singer Taylor Swift is having a birthday today. _____

2. Your bag, the one with the purple flowers, was left in Mr. Johnsons' class. _____

3. My friend Jason is the funniest one in our group. _____

Answer:

1. The singer Taylor Swift is having a birthday today. __E___

2. Your bag, the one with the purple flowers, was left in Mr. Johnsons' class. __N___

3. My friend Jason is the funniest one in our group. _E____

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