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  1. treepixie
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    Apositive nouns

    Are commas required for setting these nouns apart?

    It was with profound love that my dear birth mother Frances Stevens gave her blessing for me to be adopted.

    or

    it was with profound love that my dear birth mother, Frances Stevens, gave her blessing for me to be adopted.

    Thanks!

  2. treepixie
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    comma

    Does no one know the answer to this question or should I be posting it in a different category?

    Are commas required for setting these nouns apart?

    It was with profound love that my dear birth mother Frances Stevens gave her blessing for me to be adopted.

    or

    it was with profound love that my dear birth mother, Frances Stevens, gave her blessing for me to be adopted.

    Thanks!


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    Yes, you need commas.

    No, it's good to post your questions here. Keep your post alive if no one gets some time to answer it.

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    Re: Apositive nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by treepixie
    Are commas required for setting these nouns apart?

    It was with profound love that my dear birth mother Frances Stevens gave her blessing for me to be adopted.

    or

    it was with profound love that my dear birth mother, Frances Stevens, gave her blessing for me to be adopted.

    Thanks!
    YES but i don't think you need the comma before gave

    the comma shows that there are only one birth mother

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    I'd put both in.

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    Re: Apositive nouns

    Isn't it as simple as it being non-essential, so it needs commas? That's how I learned it I believe.

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    Re: Apositive nouns

    Yes, commas are used along with apositive nouns. I am holding the proof of this in from the one of the indian books by the name of English grammar and composition


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    Re: Apositive nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by Maiwand View Post
    Yes, commas are used along with apositive nouns.
    sweeping generalisation

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    Re: Apositive nouns

    Quote Originally Posted by gonghai View Post
    YES but i don't think you need the comma before gave

    the comma shows that there are only one birth mother
    You can't use one comma in this situation. You need to use either two (my preference) or none.

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    Re: Apositive nouns

    It was with profound love that my dear birth mother Frances Stevens gave her blessing for me to be adopted.


    DO NOT use commas as one's birth mother is the only birth mother one has. If the modifier precedes the word, and is linked to the word, commas are not necessary. The modifier is not interrupting the sentence and is part of the construction of birth mother Frances Stevens

    If the modifier (appositive) follows the mothers name, then it would be set off by commas, eg, "Frances Stevens, my dear birth mother, gave me her blessing."

    Use commas when it is a description could be applied to more one person, eg, "I met an author, Frances Drake, at the reception."

    Cheers!

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