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Appositives - Appositives An appositive renames or explains...

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Appositives An appositive renames or explains a noun or a pronoun in the sentence. Usually appositives come immediately after the noun or pronoun they modify. Because they interrupt a sentence, appositives should be set off by commas. Mrs. Gregson, our math teacher, lived in Minnesota. If an appositive comes at the end of a sentence, the appositive only requires one comma. Have you ever been to Hartford, the capital of Connecticut? Commas are not used if an appositive identifies a person or thing by telling which one or ones. Usually these appositives are names. In cases where leaving out the appositive would make the meaning of the noun too vague, no comma is needed. My brother Elroy has his own apartment. [The appositive is Elroy] The popular US President John F. Kennedy was known for his eloquent speeches. [Without JFK, the main noun (The popular US President) would be too vague. The president’s name is essential for understanding the sentence] If the sentences above would be turned around commas would be needed.
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