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    Using Punctuation: Using Commas to Set Off Appositives

    Friday, January 28, 2011

    Commas are used to set off an appositive, a noun or phrase that identifies the noun or pronoun it follows. (A restrictive appositive is essential to the basic meaning of the sentence; do not set it off with commas. See the second example below.)

    Scott Erickson, a landscape designer, uses his laptop computer in the office and in the field. (nonrestrictive appositive)
    Landscape designer Scott Erickson uses his laptop computer in the office and in the field. (restrictive appositive)

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