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Practice in Identifying Appositives

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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.

Instructions

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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  1. John Reed, an American journalist, helped found the Communist Labor Party in America.

  2. My sister, who is a supervisor at Munchies, drives a company car.

  3. I took a cookie from Gretel, who is the woodcutter's daughter.

  4. I took a cookie from Gretel, the woodcutter's daughter.

  5. Og, the King of Bashan, was saved from the flood by climbing onto the roof of the ark.

  6. I once saw Margot Fonteyn, the famous ballerina.

  7. Elkie Fern, who is a professional botanist, led the kids on a nature hike.

  8. Elsa, a good country woman, has a daughter named Ulga.

  9. Paul Revere, who was a silversmith and a soldier, is famous for his "midnight ride."

  10. 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.

NEXT: Building and Revising Sentences with Appositives

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