Today we learned our second brush stroke, the appositive.
An APPOSITIVE is a renaming of a noun in the sentence, placed next to the noun. Let's say my core sentence has to do with the JV girls soccer team:
**The JV girls soccer team won against JD last night!
What other names can you give that team other than "the JV girls soccer team"? These are some that I found:
**The JV girls soccer team, my friends, won against JD last night!
**A team who knows their way around the soccer field, the JV girls soccer team, won against JD last night!
Be sure to put commas between the appositive and the rest of the sentence.
TO CHECK YOUR WORK:
**Cross out the main noun, the one for which you created the appositive. Does the sentence still work? If it does, you're GOLDEN!
My dog, a Boston Terrier, is cute. (You can cross out "my dog" and the sentence would read, "A Boston Terrier is cute." It still works.)
My dog, who peed on the carpet last night, is cute. (If you cross out "my dog," the sentence reads, "Who peed on the carpet last night, is cute." This doesn't work.) NOTE: This is a grammatically correct sentence; it's just NOT an appositive.
See if you can create a few appositives on your own. Be creative.