appositive or nonrestrictive clause


hello,  is an appositive the same as a nonrestrictive clause?

asked Aug 29 '11 at 17:45 regina New member

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An appositive can function as a nonrestrictive and restrictive phrase. If you revisit the first example above:


"The plumber, Frank, arrived late."


It could also go like this because it is nonessential/nonrestrictive; it doesn't hinder the meaning:


The plumber arrived late.


However, restrictive forms of appositives are different:


The Pope John Paul is an amazing dancer.


Also here's a supplement from one of my grammar books:


"Nonrestrictive clauses or phrases and nonrestrictive appositives are set off by commas. Restrictive elements are not."

link comment answered Apr 29 '12 at 09:10 Ben Cavanaugh New member

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