Lesson Plan - Get It!
Cindy, the silliest girl I know, made me laugh until milk shot out of my nose! According to the sentence, who is Cindy?
If you answered "the silliest girl I know," then you are correct!
That phrase describes the noun, "Cindy." You call that phrase an appositive. An appositive is a noun, noun phrase, or noun clause that is next to another noun. Its purpose is to either rename it or describe it further. "The silliest girl I know" describes Cindy in further detail.
Look at the phrase, "the silliest girl I know." What punctuation surrounds the phrase in the original sentence? If you said "commas," you are correct! A comma offsets the phrase. Appositives can be in the beginning, middle, or end of a sentence.
An appositive can be a single word or a whole phrase. For example:
- The plant, a tomato, was growing in our garden.
- The plant, a tomato the size of a pumpkin, was growing in our garden.
You can check out this Appositives - 2 Minute Teacher video to further review appositives:
To find more examples and the definition of an appositive, check out SoftSchools.com, Appositives Examples, and chompchomp.com The Appositive.
After watching both videos, what was something new you learned about appositives? Share what you learned with your parent or teacher.