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  1. Appositive Phrases

  2. What is an appositive phrase? • 1) Read the sentences. • 2) The appositive phrase is bold underlined. • 3) Write what you think an appositive phrase is.

  3. Appositive Phrases: Read • Ellen, a 47 year-old waitress, gazed out the window with a bored look on her face. • Troy signed the contract that made him the owner of a car, a brand new cherry red convertible. • What do you think an appositive is? Write:

  4. Appositive Phrase: Definition • An appositive phrase is a noun phrase that describes another noun or pronoun in the sentence. • They can be at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence. • Usually, they are: • Surrounded by commas • Article + noun phrase

  5. Appositive Phrase: Examples • 1. Identify the noun, and the appositive noun that clarifies. Example: 1. A young girl, my most responsible neighbor, was supposed to pick up my mail. Answer: girl  neighbor 2. Rick, a Santa imposter, enjoys making children cry. Answer: Rick imposter

  6. Appositive Phrase: Example 1 • Ellen, a 47 year-old waitress, gazed out the window with a bored look on her face. • You would write: • Ellen  waitress Nouns

  7. Appositive Phrase: Example 2 • Troy signed the contract that made him the owner of a car, a brand new cherry red convertible. Answer: Car  convertible Nouns

  8. #5 • Among the company was a lawyer, a young man of about twenty-five.

  9. #5 • Among the company was a lawyer, a young man of about twenty-five. Nouns

  10. #8 • Jan Carter, an unabashed, suntanned flirt who had smiled at him in the cafeteria line, transferred to the department near Tom’s, for a “chance” meeting.

  11. #8 • Jan Carter, an unabashed, suntanned flirt who had smiled at him in the cafeteria line, transferred to the department near Tom’s, for a “chance” meeting. Nouns

  12. Add Appositives: Directions • Add appositives to the sentences with blank spaces.

  13. #11 • My sister, _____________________, is the only one who knows my secret.

  14. #12 • A / an __________________________, Maria earned a perfect score on her SAT.

  15. A Note About Punctuation: Do NOT set apart the appositive phrase with commas when it includes essential information for your reader: The popular US president John Kennedy was known for his eloquent and inspirational speeches. John Kennedy, the popular US president, was known for his eloquent and inspirational speeches.

  16. Commas, or no? A bold innovatorWassily Kandinsky is known for his colorful abstract paintings. Your friendBill is in trouble. John Kennedy the popular US president was quite different from John Kennedy the unfaithful husband. Mrs. Webstera true genius knows an awful lot about commas.

  17. Now you try… • Write an appositive phrase about your Thanksgiving Break. • My uncle, a fabulous chef, cooked our turkey. • I was terrified during the turbulent landing in Chicago, an appropriately nicknamed city. • A student at Hope College, my sister did not join us until Wednesday.

  18. Source • Kilgallon, Don. Sentence Composing for High School Students. Boynton/Cook Pulishers, Inc. Portsmouth, NH: 1998.