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 History of this Word

"appose" is from "aposer" (to set beside), spoken in France during 1250-1500 A.D.
which is from "apponere" (ad-, near + ponere, to put), spoken by ancient people in central Italy around 700 B.C.


These are appositives:

Mr. Smith, the chairman, is speaking now.

Joe, the one in the lead, will probably win the race.

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grammar is noun

"appositive" is a part of grammar


A word or phrase that clarifies the previous word or phrase and expands meaning. Created to make a statement more clear. Can be setoff with commas, dashes or parentheses.

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appositive illustration Recognize an appositive when you see one.
appositive illustration Appositives can also rename nouns phrases which aren't the subject: We waited in our favorite meeting place, the pub.