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The following notes come from a student practice session on writing improvement. Includes samples of student writing and teacher comments (in italics).

Making Sentences Longer: Appositives

Examples of the Appositive in Bold Text

Balvinder likes water, fresh and cold,  from the tap in the kitchen.

Everyone else likes tea, except Balvinder, poor man.

I, the crazy teacher, like tea, Chinese green from the Superstore close to my house in Burnaby.

Adding information after the object noun is one good way to increase information and detail (specifics) into a sentence. You can also increase the information about the subject (enclosed in commas)

Write five sentences using five different nouns and verbs. Make each appositive (the adjective phrase added after your object at least five words) The sentence will be about 10 words total.

Student Examples of Increasing Sentence Length
(adding information after the object noun—adjective phrase)

I am fond of music, all kinds, especially Classical.

We took out two repeated “music” and made the sentence more concise. Use the fewest words to say the most meaning (kind of like poetry).

I have a scarf, long and white with bunches on the end, knitted by me a long time ago.

The student has the idea. Adding much information and detail after the noun “scarf.”

My dog, a Shiba Inu, was bought in Japan, a place where the price of these dogs is cheaper than here.

The student demonstrates both the appositive after the subject “dog” and the object “Japan.”

Teacher Sample

John loved the mountains, the high ones on Vancouver Island near his place on the river.

Fred hates it when he buys stale crackers, packaged two months before with a tiny, hard-to-see date.

He prefers to watch movies on DVD, the new media storage containing many special features.

Today, we read a poem by Wislawa Szymborska, the shy winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Today, I had lunch, leftover Thai food in an easy-to-reheat glass container.

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