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Section 12.5.1

Appositive Phrases

An appositive phrase is a type of noun phrase that follows the noun or pronoun it modifies and amplifies or restricts its meaning.

Our department head, a careful reader and outspoken critic, will review the memo before it is circulated. [The italicized phrase is an appositive.]

Appositive phrases are similar to relative clauses; to avoid wordiness, relative clauses can often be reduced to appositive phrases.

As with adjective phrases, punctuation with appositive phrases is determined by whether the phrases are restrictive or nonrestrictive.

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