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."
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.
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