Question about Appositives


Hi, I'm checking the manuscript for a book using Grammarly, and there's something I don't understand. I thought that when you use an appositive that provides extra information in a sentence it's correct to use a comma before and after the appositive. In the sentence below I've put comma around my father's name Edward, but Grammarly advises me to remove them. I don't understand why, because the sentence doesn't need the word Edward to be understood. Can someone please tell me what is correct? - many thanks! Gabrielle:)


"My father, Edward, was the second-youngest of six children brought up in a strict Baptist home."

asked Apr 05 '13 at 10:50 Gabrielle Bergan New member

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Lewis NeidhardtApr 06 '13 at 17:24

Thanks Lewis:) I wouldn't ask to have anything proofread here… wouldn't feel right. It's was just in relation to a couple of things about the use of commas that I don't understand. I'm just going through the manuscript and doing a final check, but I'll ask when I get to the commas that I'm unsure about:) Thanks again!:)

Gabrielle BerganApr 07 '13 at 21:08

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A proper noun following a noun, while technically considered an appositive, doesn't use commas.

This would be the correct punctuation.

My father Edward was the second-youngest of six children brought up in a strict Baptist home.



Look at this slight change to your sentence.

My father Edward, the second-youngest of six children, was brought up in a strict Baptist home.

link answered Apr 05 '13 at 12:51 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thank you so much Lewis!!! I understand now:) And thanks for the link…..the site looks like a great resource! I really appreciate your help!:)

Gabrielle BerganApr 06 '13 at 06:45

Hi again Lewis, I'm working my way through my manuscript and I have a couple of other questions about commas. Can I ask you about those? Best wishes, Gabrielle:)

Gabrielle BerganApr 06 '13 at 10:20

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