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An appositive is a noun that serves to describe or rename another noun (or pronoun) that appears directly before it in a sentence.
When an appositive is made up of a noun phrase, it is known as an appositive phrase.
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Of, relating to, or being in apposition.
n. Grammar
A word or phrase that is in apposition.

ap·pos′i·tive·ly adv.


1. (Grammar) grammar
a. standing in apposition
b. another word for nonrestrictive
2. (Biology) of or relating to apposition
3. (Grammar) of or relating to apposition
(Grammar) an appositive word or phrase
apˈpositively adv


(əˈpɒz ɪ tɪv)

1. a word or phrase in apposition.
2. of, pertaining to, or placed in apposition.
ap•pos′i•tive•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.appositive - relating to or being in apposition; "an appositive noun"
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One of the major conclusions to be drawn from this paper is how fuzzy the boundaries between appositional types are: similar EMs may introduce different types of appositives, and the very same EM may be used in different appositional types at different points in time over the course of the history of the language.
Their topics include sluicing and the inquisitive potential of appositives, heads must be heard: overtness and ellipsis licensing, syntactic hypotheses about so-called "que-deletion" in French, the inherent syntactic incompleteness of right node raising, and intonation phrases and speech acts.
The cyclical rhythms in the text are supported stylistically by its generally repetitive texture and paratactic argument, its many appositives (unless.
Both understandably and wrongly, Islam is being studied with the assumption that the present alignment of the political non-appositives "the West and the Muslim world" can be re-forged to become an alignment of appositives.
The last one in this section, Enrico Magnelli's study focuses on Nonnus' use of appositives in his hexameter, and especially his attitude towards Meyer's First Law and Hermann's Bridge.
Appositives, which are words or phrases that sit next to a noun and rename it, are usually separated from the rest of the sentence with commas, unless they are very short or unless they restrict the meaning of the noun.
While some terms in Nyungar are followed with English equivalents, meaning often is indicated using appositives, such as "Wirring pours gaba (water) into the coota--a bag made from kangaroo skin" (n.
This involves splitting compound and complex sentences and also removing phrase types such as appositives, non-restrictive relative clauses, and participial modifiers.
for as long as he wanted and as far as he wanted, with that inexhaustible flow of words that he gave out while staring at something in the distance, at a nonexistent horizon on the wall behind you, with an absent look as if possessed, and the words would stream out from the void: a steel chain of words, whose beginning was lost in time and its end in darkness--a juxtaposition of phrases with no verbs, interspersed by appositives, punctuated by pauses, by silences, by the reflections of the horizon-wall in humid, lake-like eyes, with that fatal monotony (which my style is a pathetic attempt to reproduce) but also with that spellbinding power (that any attempt to imitate would be an acknowledgment of its own failure).
The accumulating appositives recall the long unlikely narrative of even having this son.
In other words, Austro-Hungary, Aol-Time-Warner and Hewlett-Packard behave in a parallel fashion as appositives of the covert semi-lexical categories.
Semantically, the two or more than two constituents of apposition, or appositives, should be co- referential.