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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No.  An appositive renames a noun whereas a nonrestrictive clause provides extra, unnecessary information about the noun.




The plumber, Frank, arrived late.


The mole, an expert burrower, is found throughout the world.


Non-restrictive clauses:


The university, which is 300 years old this year, is being remodeled.


His house, located at 1200 Pine Avenue, is being put up for sale.

link comment answered Sep 01 '11 at 02:03 Kimberly Expert

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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