As we've seen (What Is an Appositive?), an appositive is a word or group of words that concisely identifies or renames another word in a sentence. The exercise on this page offers practice in identifying appositives.
Some of the sentences below contain adjective clauses; others contain appositives. Identify the adjective clause or appositive in each sentence; then compare your responses with the answers on page two. (If you run into problems, review Building Sentences with Appositives.)
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- John Reed, an American journalist, helped found the Communist Labor Party in America.
- My sister, who is a supervisor at Munchies, drives a company car.
- I took a cookie from Gretel, who is the woodcutter's daughter.
- I took a cookie from Gretel, the woodcutter's daughter.
- Og, the King of Bashan, was saved from the flood by climbing onto the roof of the ark.
- I once saw Margot Fonteyn, the famous ballerina.
- Elkie Fern, who is a professional botanist, led the kids on a nature hike.
- Elsa, a good country woman, has a daughter named Ulga.
- Paul Revere, who was a silversmith and a soldier, is famous for his "midnight ride."
- I read a biography of Disraeli, the 19th-century statesman and novelist.
When you're done, compare your responses with the answers on page two.