I hate to sound stupid but what exactly is appositive and how would it be used?
Here's a good explanation I found when I searched for 'appositive'. I put the appositives in bold. Note that they are separated by commas.
An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that renames another noun right beside it. The appositive can be a short or long combination of words. Look at these examples:
The insect, a cockroach, is crawling across the kitchen table.
The insect, a large cockroach, is crawling across the kitchen table.
The insect, a large cockroach with hairy legs, is crawling across the kitchen table.
The insect, a large, hairy-legged cockroach that has spied my bowl of oatmeal, is crawling across the kitchen table.
If I write 'The insect crawling across the table is a cockroach', cockroach is not an appositive because is has to be right next the noun.
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