The Apposition

Last updated: July 3, 2017 at 12:46 pm

more photoThe apposition is a word or word team that gives additional information about a noun or pronoun in a sentence. Here’s an example:

Mr. Perry, a university professor, will be talking to us about wildlife conservation.

The words “a university professor” are said to be in apposition to the subject “Mr. Perry”.

A word team in apposition to a noun or pronoun is called an “apposition”.

You mark off an apposition with commas.

Here are some more examples:

Guyana, the only English-speaking country in South America, was once a British Colony.

English, spoken by a small fraction of the earth’s population, is the language of trade and commerce internationally.

Sugar production, a dying industry, attracted humans like ants to Guyana only a few centuries ago.

The United States of America, the world’s most powerful nation, speaks English as its official language.

The United States, a former British Colony, gained independence from Britain in 1776.

The Revolutionary War, waged against Britain, was a very costly and bloody war.

Brazil, the largest country in South America, is a booming economic giant.

Venezuela, a communist nation, is in economic ruins despite its unparalleled oil wealth.

French Guiana, a country in South America, is still shaded by the French flag.

French, the language of only a few countries, is reputed to be the language of love.

Canada, the largest country in North America, never severed ties with the British Crown.

Jules Verne, a French author, wrote the classic novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Seas”.

Patrick Carpen, the author of this website, is a famous Guyanese author.

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