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    Grammar question

    During class today, we discussed appositives, phrases, and clauses. I have a question pertaining to the three. In a sentence like, "My hometown, the place where I was born, consisted of two Walmarts." Or something like that... Would the section "the place where I was born" be an appositive phrase only partially? Is "where I was born" a clause? Do you include "the place" into that clause? Basically, everything about the part in commas confuses me. I thought I had a good grasp on this subject, but I can't seem to answer this question no matter how long I think about it.

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    Re: Grammar question

    First, please don't headline the next one grammar question. That isn't very specific.

    Quote Originally Posted by Savy7 View Post
    During class today, we discussed appositives, phrases, and clauses.
    The UE glossary explains appositives clearly: https://www.usingenglish.com/glossar...ive+&d=1&gid=1

    Quote Originally Posted by Savy7 View Post
    I have a question pertaining to the three. In a sentence like, "My hometown, the place where I was born, consisted of two Walmarts."
    If the town consisted of two Wal-marts then that's all that was there.


    Quote Originally Posted by Savy7 View Post
    Or something like that... Would the section "the place where I was born" be an appositive phrase only partially?
    No, it is completely an appositive.

    Quote Originally Posted by Savy7 View Post
    Is "where I was born" a clause? Do you include "the place" into that clause? Basically, everything about the part in commas confuses me. I thought I had a good grasp on this subject, but I can't seem to answer this question no matter how long I think about it.
    The relevant phrase is the place where I was born. It is a noun phrase.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 02-Nov-2015 at 20:30. Reason: fix quote

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    Re: Grammar question

    Re:

    My hometown, the place where I was born, consisted of two Walmarts.

    Instead, try:

    My hometown, the place where I was born, is big enough for two Walmarts.

    Or:

    Charlotte, the place where I moved to, has at least three Walmarts.


    The appositive is a descriptive phrase. Another example:


    Charlotte, one of the fastest growing cities in the country, has its good points and its bad points.


    What do you think?

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    Re: Grammar question

    I don't think any home town consists of two Walmarts. That makes no sense.

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    Re: Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I don't think any home town consists of two Walmarts. That makes no sense.
    I agree. That's why I suggested alternatives.

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    My comment was meant for James.

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    Re: Grammar question

    Quote Originally Posted by Savy7 View Post
    "the place where I was born"
    the place where I was born is a noun phrase in which the head of the phrase is the place and where I was born a relative clause which modifies the head of the phrase, i.e. the place. Note that where, here, is a relative adverb.
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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