incorrect use of comma?

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I believe the sentence below is written correctly, but my English teacher said the commas around polyhistor should not be there. Here is the sentence:

 

The term was first used in the seventeenth century, but the related term, polyhistor, is an ancient term with similar meaning.

 

She said there is no comma rule to support having the commas around polyhistor. However, I still think the commas should be there. Yes? No?

comma asked Feb 19 '13 at 23:50 lacie boney New member

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The term was first used in the seventeenth century, but the related term, polyhistor, is an ancient term with similar meaning.

 

Rule: #1 When an appositive is essential to the meaning of the noun it belongs to, don’t use commas.

Rule: #2 When the noun preceding the appositive provides sufficient identification on its own, use commas around the appositive.

 

Explanation: Polyhistor is an appositive of "the related term". Polyhistor is surrounded by commas because "the related term" is a precise identifier.

 

In this sentence...rule #2 applies.

link comment answered Feb 20 '13 at 13:46 Lee Stone New member

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