An appositive is a specific type of interrupter. It is a complicated name for a simple idea. An appositive is a word or a group of words used directly after a noun to explain it or to rename it.
Since an appositive adds extra information about the noun it follows, if it is removed, the sentence that remains is still a complete thought. Because it is extra information, it must be set off with commas.
did you do? Remember, to check whether a word or phrase is an
appositive, try removing it from the
sentence. If you still have a complete idea without it, it is an
appositive and you need to use
commas to separate it from the rest of the
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There are many other important and useful comma rules that you should know to improve your communication when you write. Follow the links below to the lessons that introduce them: