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    Default About appositive clause.

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    - My most famous relative of all, the one who really left his mark on America, was Rob Sussel, my great-grandfather.
    Is the bold an appositive clause, please?

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    Default Re: About appositive clause.

    No, as it's not a noun phrase. But it does have the same general function.

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    Default Re: About appositive clause.

    However, "my great-grandfather" is.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: About appositive clause.

    - My most famous relative of all, the one who really left his mark on America, was Rob Sussel, my great-grandfather.
    Another sentence.
    - He is a strict but kind-hearted father, one whom the children respect but are afraid of.
    What are THE ONE AND ONE in the above sentences used for while the sentences are still meaningful without them, please?
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    Default Re: About appositive clause.

    Actually, I see "the one who really left his mark on America" as a noun phrase. I may be wrong about whether to call it a phrase compared to a clause or something else, but it functions as an appositive, as does "my great-grandfather."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: About appositive clause.

    Quote Originally Posted by hoangkha View Post
    - My most famous relative of all, the one who really left his mark on America, was Rob Sussel, my great-grandfather.
    Another sentence.
    - He is a strict but kind-hearted father, one whom the children respect but are afraid of.
    What are THE ONE AND ONE in the above sentences used for while the sentences are still meaningful without them, please?
    the one who
    The first sentence is called a noun phrase: , the one who really left his mark on America , was Rob Sussel
    In the second sentence, I see it isn't necessary to say the word one:

    He is a strict but kind-hearted father, whom the children respect but are afraid of.
    It is called non-defining relative clause

    My most famous relative of all, my great-grandfather, the one who really left his mark on America, was Rob Sussel.
    my great-grandfather is called a positive clause.
    the one who really left his mark on America, it adds extra information my great-grandfather.

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