Published on March 13, 2014
Writing with Style
Appositives Add description Give you better sentence fluency
Average Style Steven Spielberg is a film director. His films have won many awards.
With an appositive Film director, Steven Spielberg’s films have won many awards.
You can use noun phrases or adjectives. Brave and intelligent, Victor was a hero in WWII. Victor, a WWII hero, was brave and intelligent. Ilsa, Victor’s wife, had been in love with Rick in Paris. Strict and heartless, Major Strasser got shot at the end of Casablanca. Major Strasser, strict and heartless, got shot at the end of Casablanca.
Where? Put the appositive before or right after the noun it describes. A genius, Sherlock Holmes can outsmart just about any criminal. Watson, Sherlock’s loyal friend, wrote about their adventures together. Romantic and exciting, Titanic tells the love story of Rose and Jack. Titanic, romantic and exciting, tells the love story of Rose and Jack.
Write Write 4 sentences with appositives about a movie or TV show you enjoy.