Easy Printable Appositive Worksheets

Appostive Definitions And Examples Make Practice Fun

An appositive or appositive phrase is easy to recognize using these appositive worksheets because the words are emboldened and the lessons are quick and simple.

Quick Appositive Definition

What is an appositive?

  • An appositive is a word that repeats its antecedent or renames the noun.

It's usually marked by punctuation, usually a comma or a pair of commas. It takes the same case as its antecedent, or head noun for subjects (nominatives), objects, and possessives.

Words, phrases, and clauses can be used in apposition to their antecedent. They simply repeat what the word in apposition meant. The same goes for phrases and clauses as for words.

A word, a noun or a pronoun, added to another to modify and explain it is called an appositive word and is used in apposition with the other word. Sometimes this defines the word more precisely, too, as in this example: A worthy gift,  this beautiful watch!

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Restrictive Appositive Or Non-restrictive?

How do you tell if an appositive is restrictive or non-restrictive?

You can see if an appositive is restrictive if the word must remain in the sentence to keep the original meaning.

  • Restrictive Appositive: If the appositive is removed from the sentence and the meaning of the sentence is changed the appositive is restrictive.
  • Non-Restrictive Appositive: If it is removed from the sentence and the meaning of the sentence is not changed it is a non-restrictive appositive.

Diagram Appositives To See They Repeat The Antecedent

I like to show my children where appositives sit on a diagram so that they get a picture of what I'm teaching.

An appositive can sit in the same space as the subject or object or it can be on a floating line above the subject or object and set in parentheses. It depends on what your grammar books say to do.

See our diagram charts to see where the parts of speech sit and to see appositive diagrams.

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Appositive Definition, Rules, And Punctuation List

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