What is the Noun in apposition? Noun apposition cases

Before starting we need to know what is a noun?

What is a noun?

Noun is a word that contains a person, place, thing or an idea.

Look into this examples:-

PersonRam, Riya, Sachin, Suman, etc
PlaceIndia, Taj Mahal, Himalaya, Delhi, etc
Thing Books, pens, Pencils, Glue, etc
Idea / FeelingsBravery, Angry, Sad, etc

What is the noun in apposition? 

When a noun follows another noun to describe it. The noun, which follows is said to be a noun in apposition.

Let’s see examples to make things clear:-

  • Neeraj, the javelin thrower is from haryana.
    Here, The noun, the javelin thrower is coming after the noun Neeraj. So, the noun, the javelin thrower is said to be in an apposition to the noun Neeraj. 
Now, you might be having a question:
What could be the case of the noun in apposition?

A noun in apposition is within the same case because the noun that it explains.

Noun apposition also noticed in three cases-

Subjective or nominative case, denotes the subject of the sentence.
Objective or accusative case denotes the object of the sentence.
Genitive or possessive cases denotes the Possession.

SUBJECTIVEDENOTES SUBJECT
OBJECTIVEDENOTES OBJECT
GENITIVEDENOTES POSSESSION

Let’s understand it with an example:-

  • Kabir the great reformer was a weaver.
    Here the noun phrase the great reformer is the noun in apposition as it follows the noun Kabir.

Now, in which case the noun Kabir Falls?

It falls under a subjective case, as it denotes the subject of the sentence. So, the noun phrase, the great reformer is also under subjective case.

Let’s look into the next example.:-

  • I met your uncle, the lawyer.
    Here, the noun the lawyer is the noun in apposition as it follows the noun Uncle.

Now, in which case the noun Uncle Falls?
It falls under the objective case as it denotes the object of the sentence. So, the noun, the lawyer is also under objective case.

Let’s look into one more example:-

  • Have you seen Ganguly the Cricket player?
    Here, the noun player is the noun in apposition as it follows the noun Cricket.

Now, in which case the noun falls?
It falls under the possessive case as it denotes the position in the sentence. So, the noun player is also under possessive case.

Here is few types of important examples:-
  • Rohan, a great player, was a soldier.
  • Have you met Shreya, the artist’s daughter.
  • My friend Rockey, built an awesome drone.
  • Today, I met Dhoni, the cricketer.

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