104 Appositives (English)

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Understanding Appositives

An appositive is a word, usually a noun or pronoun, that modifies the noun or pronoun directly preceding it.
For example:
I Papoose am writing.
In this case, the appositive: Papoose is provided in open form, a grammar style that reduces comma usage where adding commas, while grammatically correct, does not provide added value to the sentence,[ref: Because Commas] because the relationship of the modified expression and the modifier is clearly defined.
I, Papoose Doorbelle, am a writer.
Here, the appositive: Papoose Doorbelle, which modifies the word: I is expressed using closed form, which is a preference for using commas whenever grammatically correct.
Papoose, canine philanthropist, likes to write appositives.

Treatment of Appositives

The appositives are the words directly preceeding the subjects and receive no special treatment.

Comma Usage of Appositives

Open form and closed form comma usage follows restrictive or non-restrictive grammar rules.
Appositives are in essence parenthetic expressions; therefore an appositive may be set off by parentheses or similar punctuation depending on the style requirements and personal preference.
Simple, right?

Path :: Poetic License

Apposition

This is a word Papoose invented to describe the treatment of an appositive. (For poetic purposes only)

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