What is an Appositive?

English

An appositive is a noun, a noun phrase, or a noun clause which sits next to another noun to rename it or to describe it in another way. Appositives are usually set within commas, brackets, or offset by dashes.

Here are some examples of appositives:

My best friend, Bill, will be coming later.

(Here the appositive is Bill it is in apposition to my best friend.)

My dog, Mitzi, caught the ball in mid air.

(Here the appositive is Mitzi as it is in apposition to My dog.)

An appositive can be a noun, a noun phrase, or a noun clause.

Here are some examples:

The animal, a small cat, was moving through the bushes.

(In this example the appositive is a noun a small cat)

The animal, a small ginger cat with yellow eyes, was moving through the bushes.

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