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Appositive or Complement?

The way (that) he eats amuses me. I found the way (that) leads out of here. I love ice-cream in the same way (that) I love my mom. 1) The part of speech of the word that is conjunction in ...
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What does the concept of “apposition” mean precisely?

The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language makes a clear distinction between ascriptive and specifying supplements, and categorizes only the former as apposition. I believe that answers to similar ...
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Is this appositive adjective a misplaced modifier? E.g. He lived on the edge of a mountain, ancient and forgotten

I do not think "ancient and forgotten" would be associated with the subject "he", but I still want to be sure. I'm learning about appositive adjectives, and I saw this on a website: The castle, ...
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Inversion verb-subject after an appositive phrase

I can't find a written rule about the subject-verb inversion in appositive phrases. In the temple, is a statue. In the temple, a statue is. I feel that the first one is more natural, but, as said, ...
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Is the middle section of this sentence an appositive?

"An arrest occurs when a person has been taken into custody, or kept under the control of police, and is not free to leave." Wanted to see if the middle sentence "or kept under the control of police"...
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XXX, is founder of ABC, … or XXX, founder of ABC,… which one is correct? [closed]

Which one of these is more correct? XXX, is founder of ABC, was guest .... XXX, founder of ABC, was guest .... My English is not very good. I'm waiting for your opinion.
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Appositive without a noun?

Is the following grammatical? If so, what would you call the phrase after the comma? It sounds somewhat like an appositive but there's no (explicit) noun to which it refers. Bill might assume his ...
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It's the size of a brick; What size shirt/shoes do you take?; I have a daughter your age

What is the grammar of the English words "size", "age", etc? According to Quirk (1985:1293) Some noun phrases of measure, denoting size, age, etc, can also be postposed: A man the size of a ...
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Article before nouns in the appositive phrase?

Here are two examples: Nobody creates post-apocalyptic flicks better than George Miller, the director of the Mad Max series. Is the necessary before director, and can it be omitted? The business ...
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Can an adjective make a noun a restrictive appositive?

Consider the example phrase "Their firstborn son". Without the adjective "firstborn", "Their son" could be non-restrictive if 'they' have multiple sons. However, there can only be one firstborn. In ...
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Capitalization of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

An epithetical question: Should ALL of Rudolph "the red-nosed reindeer" be capitalized? Why or why not, and where do we draw the line? This was inspired by some seasonal discussion on this question ...
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Using commas around names that specify relationship

I've been getting conflicting information on this problem. If I write: "My brother Sam loves to eat cake." OR "My brother, Sam, loves to eat cake." OR to be REALLY clear "One of my brothers, Sam, ...
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Is there a term for using “or” to introduce something like an appositive?

Recently someone was trying to explain to me that "or" can have a non-disjunctive function, and this came to mind as a possible example but I can't figure out the terminology to describe it. I know ...
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Appositives in the sentence

Where is the appositive in this sentence? Each bottle had its own tight seal cork and wire.
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Appositive with no definite article

Hans, head of a company that manufactures garden furniture, is announcing to his staff .... Shouldn't it be the head of a company ...? Is that correct? Could you explain why we do not need a definite ...
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using comma within the appositive

If you have a list of items separated by commas, can it be used as an appositive if you separate it from the rest of the sentence by yet another by comma? Here's an example: The factory produces ...
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Verb tense/placement in an appositive/participle phrase

I'm having trouble with verb tense/placement in an appositive/participle phrase. Which of these is correct: (1) Jane wrote a letter to the restaurant, complaining about the new menu. (2) Jane, ...
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What is it called when an interjection (aside) is insert into a sentence?

When an aside is inserted to add information to a noun, it's called an appositive. For example, "Bob, my dad's friend, had dinner with my uncle yesterday." But what about when the aside is an ...
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Commas surrounding a name

I am currently working on an essay, and I have a question about a certain pair of commas. Consider the following sentence: One of my classmates, Simona Stoyanova, and I carried out independent ...
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What is the ’s-possessive form of “the king of Troy, Priam”? [duplicate]

“This was brought about by the king of Troy’s, Priam’s, death.” In this sentence, should the ’s be tagged on to “the king of Troy”, “Priam”, or both?
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In this sentence, should there be a comma after “at the table”? [closed]

I'm wondering if I should use a comma after "table" in this sentence that I've written. Could you please tell me if a comma is needed? Janet entered the room to find Bob at the table typing on his ...
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What punctuation should I use? [closed]

What punctuation should I use here? Hester needs to be more grateful and focus on: her baby, Pearl; and her sewing.
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Can we use appositives before the subject?

1) Good vocabulary, knowledge of grammar, sense of style--all are basic writing skills. 2) Basic writing skills--good vocabulary,knowledge of grammar, sense of style can be learned by almost ...
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Does the appositive in this sentence need to be set off with commas?

On the freelancing website Upwork, there is a US Punctuation and Mechanics test one can take to boost credibility on one's profile for potential clients. These tests are administered by third-party ...
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Clarifying phrases that could be apposition

I have a question around apposition, and would like to ensure I’m not overlooking anything. I’m editing an article where there are multiple instances of phrases that I would usually cordon off with a ...
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How to list people with a short explanation

Andy, Bob, Christine, his girlfriend, Debby and I are going for dinner tomorrow. Christine is Bob's girlfriend. There are no other relations. There are five people altogether. Is the quoted ...
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Identifying Appositives and Nouns in Apposition

I am having some trouble discerning appositives from their nouns in apposition. Consider an example from the Wikipedia article on appositives, "My friend Alice Smith likes jelly beans." "My friend" ...
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Are the commas here correct? “…a vaccine was finally discovered by an American scientist, Jonas Salk, in 1955…”

Before a vaccine was finally discovered by an American scientist, Jonas Salk, in 1955, more than 80 percent of polio patients received help from the foundation. Why is "Jonas Salk" set off by commas ...
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Why is it “BTC wallet's password” instead of “the password of a BTC wallet”?

The company, for security reasons, would not want a single one of its employees to have access to the company BTC wallet's password. Any transaction would have to meet the approval of more than ...
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Combining m-dash and comma

I am editing something that has an appositive phrase surrounded by m-dashes. But the thing that gets the em-dash phrase in it is the first item in a list. I feel like I need a comma, so that it's ...
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How should I use a possessive apostrophe when a name is between commas?

Is this the correct use of an apostrophe when showing a name and relationship? When was your father, Robert's, wedding? Thanks!
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How to differentiate appositive clause from a relative clause?

Can an appositive clause be relative clause in terms of terminology when they are used as in the following examples : Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, has a prominent red spot. ...
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Abounding, abound, in abundance

I have a sentence where I need to express a few ideas, and I'm not sure about the correct choice of the vocabulary and if the use of insert clause here sounds acceptable enough.Here is the sentence: ...
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“You Guys” or “You, Guys” [closed]

The simple rules of using a comma before and after the vocative case state that you write, for example, What do you, Mark, think about the book? But what about “you guys” / “you, guys”? Or, for that ...
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Discontinuous noun phrase and apposition involving object complements

I was wondering whether these uses of discontinuity are valid. Here are two uses I would like to question: The use of discontinuous noun phrase: [1a] He made the system useless that could have ...
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“among them N, N, N”

I often see sentence structures like "..., among them N, N, and N." His songs also became hits for others, among them “Nothing Compares 2 U” for Sinead O’Connor, “Manic Monday” for the Bangles ...
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Is this Clause or falls under some other category

a finding that has shocked most observers. Full sentence: studies have shown that X is 60 percent of Y, a finding that has shocked most observers. What is your opinion. Isn't it that the above is a ...
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Can you tell me the difference between these two sentences? I don't like the music he listens to. The work he did in Manchester was boring. [closed]

What do you call the clause/phrase "he listens to"? It's not an apposition, is it? Both parts of this sentence depend on each other, don't they? Neither can I say "I don't like the music." nor "he ...
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“Me knowing that he was… ” Is “me” the subject?

"That was it," he told me. "Laughing at me behind their faces, about a woman. Me knowing that he was up there, and them knowing I knew that if I busted in and dragged him out and bashed his head ...
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Clause Question

I was going through a reading and this construction confused the student: “Will we be able to talk?” I asked, my eyes red and swollen from crying, a balled up tissue squeezed tightly between my ...
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She needed “we” or “us” the taxpayers to pay. Which is correct?

What is the correct grammar for this sentence fragment: She needed we the taxpayers to pay.... She needed us the taxpayers to pay.... because without "the taxpayers", the correct sentence ...
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Using commas to offset appositives

I know that commas are necessary in this situation: "John Kerry, a Democratic candidate, made a speech today." However, they don't seem necessary here: "The kid, who owns toy cars, is nice." Am I ...
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Is delayed appositive correct term for this?

I have heard a term called delayed appositive, which is an appositive that is delayed as shown below. The hunter was trying to fight the bear, a real brute of a man. Here, this a real brute of a ...
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Is the pronoun 'themselves' offset by commas like an appositive?

For example: would this sentence be correct? Termites, themselves, can't break down the cellulose either.
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Appositive relative clause - verb omission [closed]

I am struggling with this sentence: Each year more than a thousand people, half of whom children, die in bicycle accidents. Why can the verb 'to be' be omitted in this sentence?
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Participle phrase at the end of the sentence

When participle phrase comes at the end of the sentence, it usually modifies the subject. 1 He smiled nervously with a chocolate in his hands, thinking that the end has come. Here, participle ...
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Is using “they” in things like “John and Bob, they looked blah blah” an error, or is it ok? [duplicate]

Is the following sentence right the way it uses they after naming the two dogs? Nap and Winkle, they looked at the hay and they didn't know what to do.
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Comma usage (ex. His sister, Anne, was not feeling well.) [duplicate]

I would just like to clarify if in this kind of sentence, where you state the name of a person, are commas always needed to offset Anne? His sister, Anne, was not feeling well. Or is it acceptable ...
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Is “my clothes disintegrated, victims of the sea” correct? [closed]

I came across this sentence as I was reading a book: My clothes disintegrated, victims of the sea. I think saying: My clothes, victims of the sea, disintegrated. would be correct. Which one ...
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Appositive OK in loose construction / as postmodifier?

I'm wondering about this kind of sentence: The girl would regularly steamroll the boys, the diva of her class. The typical rule for appositives is that because they are adjectival they ...