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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 Mad Max series. Is the necessary before director, and can it be omitted? The business was ...
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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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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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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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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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Order of noun + modifying noun

Which one is correct or preferred? The command /reload is... < some description > The /reload command is... < some description >
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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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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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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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Is it correct to say “Me and my friend, we…”?

I know normally to use: "My friend and I went shopping." But what about when we make it into: "My friend and I, we went shopping." It seems to me that in this structure, we could or should ...
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Placing an Appositive

Consider the following two sentences: Identified a subtle flaw in a sampling method, more specifically an effect of solids on the sample volume, thereby preventing false claims and saving other’...
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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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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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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 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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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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You, the employer, “contribute the most” or “contributes the most”? [closed]

You, the employer, contribute the most. You, the employer, contributes the most. Which one would be correct?
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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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Do you put a comma at the end of a quote if it's the end of an appositive and the quote has ending punctuation?

For example: The man tried to act dignified and proclaimed his name, "Michael!", to the heavens, but his voice cracked in the middle of speaking. Is the comma after Michael proper?
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A question about appositive clause

"OsPK1 homologous to ETR1, an ethylene receptor that is an essential component in ET signal transduction pathway, were up-expressed in Drought 6h" In this sentence, “an ethylene receptor that is... ”...
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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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When to use “that clause” or “preposition + which clause”

(1) He expressed a hope that you would soon be well again. In the sentence (1), "that" is correct, and "that you would soon be well again" is a noun clause in apposition. (2) This problem leads to ...
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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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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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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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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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“Us Americans” or “We Americans”?

If there is a group of individuals identified by a name, what's the right way for one of the group to refer to them all? For example, if one of a group of 10 Americans wants to refer to the group, is ...
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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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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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Comma before quote marks around article title?

I'm thinking about making a headline. I know you would use a comma here: Professor Bill Bick then told me, "There will be more jobs when the economy recovers." What about here? Read Professor ...
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We, he and I vs. us, him and me

The sentence is, Our Supervisor finally noticed that it was we, Kim and I, who always turn in our reports on time. Should it actually be you and me or you and I?
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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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“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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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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A good attitude, that's what counts. — Good attitude is an appositive?

A good attitude, that's what counts. At first I saw this and thought comma splice; but that can't be because a splice requires two clauses. In this sentence "a good attitude" is in apposition to the ...
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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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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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Is this phrase an appositive? And what case for the pronoun - We or Us?

One of my students wrote this sentence: "We should do something, both we students and the society." When I talked to her, I said that "we" should be "us", so I wrote the sentence like this: "...
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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 ...