Appositives (Via Purdue)

An appositive is a noun or pronoun — often with modifiers — set beside another noun or pronoun to explain or identify it. Here are some examples of appositives (the noun or pronoun will be in blue, the appositive will be in red).

Your friend Bill is in trouble.
My brother’s cara sporty red convertible with bucket seats, is the envy of my friends.
The chief surgeonan expert in organ-transplant procedures, took her nephew on a hospital tour.

An appositive phrase usually follows the word it explains or identifies, but it may also precede it.

A bold innovatorWassily Kandinsky is known for his colorful abstract paintings.
The first state to ratify the U. S. ConstitutionDelaware is rich in history.
A beautiful collieSkip was my favorite dog.

Directions: Underline and punctuate the appositives in the following sentences. Not all require punctuation.

1. My son, the policeman, will be visiting us next week.

2. The captain ordered the ship’s carpenters to assemble the shallop, a large rowboat.

3. Walter, the playboy and writer, is very attached to his mother, Mrs. Hammon.

4. Paul Newman the famous American actor directed five motion pictures.

5. Elizabeth Teague, a sweet and lovable girl, grew up to be a mentally troubled woman.

6. Sweetbriar a company known throughout the South is considering a nationwide advertising campaign.

7. An above-average student and talented musician John made his family proud.

8. The extremely popular American film Titanic was widely criticized for its mediocre script.

9. The greatest American film ever made Citizen Kane won only one Academy Award.

10. 60 Minutes the TV news magazine program featured a story on the popular singer Whitney Houston.


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