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Title: Appositive Phrases


1
Appositive Phrases
  • Chawanna B. Chambers
  • 4 October 2011

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Write a story about this picture.
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What are they?
  • An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that
    renames another noun right beside it. The
    appositive can be a short or long combination of
    words.
  • This technique is commonly found in the work of
    sophisticated writers.

4
Why do we use them?
Sentence Variety
Keeps your writing from being boring!
5
Where do we place them?
  • Beginning (Sentence Openers)
  • One of eleven brothers and sisters, Harriet was a
    moody, willful child.
  • Langston Hughes, Road to Freedom
  • Whom does the appositive rename?

Harriet
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Where do we place them?
  • Middle (Subject-Verb Splits)
  • A man, a weary old pensioner with a bald dirty
    head and a stained brown corduroy waistcoat,
    appeared at the door of a small gate lodge.
  • Gordon Parks, My Mothers Dream for Me
  • Whom does the appositive rename?

A man
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Where do we place them?
  • End (Sentence Closers)
  • The boy looked at them, big black ugly insects.
  • Doris Lessing, African Stories
  • Whom does the appositive rename?

Them
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Essential versus Optional
  • Subject Verb Sentence
  • Appositives are NOT essential parts of a
    sentence.
  • If you remove the appositive from the sentence,
    what remains will still be a complete thought.

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Example 1
  • It went away slowly, the feeling of
    disappointment that came sharply after the thrill
    that made his shoulders ache.
  • It went away slowly, the feeling of
    disappointment that came sharply after the thrill
    that made his shoulders ache.
  • It went away slowly.

Ernest Hemingway, Big Two-Hearted River Part I
10
Example 2
  • That night in the south upstairs chamber, a hot
    little room where a full-leafed chinaberry tree
    shut all the air from the single window, Emmett
    lay in a kind of trance.
  • That night in the south upstairs chamber, a hot
    little room where a full-leafed chinaberry tree
    shut all the air from the single window, Emmett
    lay in a kind of trance.
  • That night in the south upstairs chamber Emmett
    lay in a kind of trance.

Jessamyn West, A Time of Learning
11
Stations
  • Task
  • Arrange the strips to create a complete sentence
    with the appositive properly punctuated.
  • Write the sentence (grammatically correct) in
    your Notes section.
  • Time
  • 4 minutes per station

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Imitations
  • Model Beside the fireplace old Doctor Winter
    sat, bearded and simple and benign, historian and
    physician to the town.
  • --John Steinbeck, The Moon is Down
  • Preposition article noun adjective noun verb,
    adjective conjunction adjective conjunction
    adjective, noun conjunction noun preposition
    article noun.

Revise a sentence in your story to match this
sentence structure. Be prepared to share.
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Works Cited
  • Kamballur, Jimmy. Thiruvathira Dancer, India.
    National Geographic Magazine. Kerala, 2009.
  • Killgallon, Don. Sentence Composing for High
    School. Portsmouth Boynton/Cook Publications,
    Inc., 1998.
  • Simmons, Robin L. The Appositive. 2011. 4 October
    2011 lthttp//www.chompchomp.com/terms/appositive.h
    tmgt.
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