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.
- What was something new you learned about appositives?
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