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Transcript of APPOSITIVES!

What is an appositive?
An appositive is a noun or a noun phrase that renames another noun that it is next to.
Mr. Abrams
, a master of vocabulary,
is standing appositive to the dictionary
, a book that easily weighs 30 pounds.
In the Middle of a Sentence
My dog
, a neurotic schnauzer,
howled excitedly
and did three laps around the coffee table when I arrived home.
My father, a serious man, stared disapprovingly at the bookshelf that he had built, now sagging with the weight of my record collection.
Find that appositive!
My friend and I, big fans of the band Manchester Orchestra, were ecstatic
to meet their lead singer, Andy Hull.
At the end of a sentence
Appositives in the middle are always set off with commas, like so:
At the end of a sentence, the appositive is preceded by a comma, like so:
The Hulk can be seen as a victim of his own curiosity
, a scientific experiment
gone dreadfully wrong.
Despite the look of fear on my face, I assure you I was not the least bit frightened by the Hulk, a true gentleman.
At the Beginning of a Sentence
An expert squirrel hunter, my dog patrols the backyard and secures it from unwanted vermin.
When an appositive occurs at the beginning of a sentence, a comma follows it, like so:
Essentially a rat with wings,
fiant seagull stole my slice of pizza, ruining my day at the beach.
Now, it's your turn
It can be one word or many words.
It can occur at the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence.
Why should I care?
"Good writers use more commas than periods."

Using techniques like using appositives will help you write better, more interesting sentences.

Techniques like this help you avoid
repetitive "baby" sentences.
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