Krista Grace Morris

Krista heads up Marketing and Content Creation here at INK. From Linguistics and History to puns and memes, she's interested in the systems we create to share our ideas with each other.

What Is an Appositive? Definition and Usage Guide

Hi, Jessie! Thank you for such a thoughtful comment. For me, the question is not whether to use appositives, but rather when. I find that language (and life) rarely work in absolutes, so I hesitate to say there is a hard and fast rule here. Instead, I would respond that, like most things in life, there is a time and place for everything, including the use of appositives. Whether or not an appositive hinders a sentence or makes it soar depends on the context. For instance, like technology or a hammer, literary devices are a tool. How effective those tools are depends on how and when we use them. For example, conciseness and a linear structure are key for technical, academic, or SEO writing. For this reason, I would agree that appositives can make a sentence less direct or active, but not necessarily. On the other hand, creative writing allows us to use these tools with a greater degree of elasticity. For this reason, other types of writing with more passive constructions and longer, less linear sentences might be a more appropriate context for appositives. In this way, I agree that your example from Rock is problematic, but for a slightly different reason: active vs. passive voice. The edit you included is more active and concise. Although “better” may be subjective, the edit is absolutely clearer and more readable (and understandably better in these senses!). A winding appositive phrase in a passive construction becomes a neat, one-word adjective in an active construction. Again, this is a question of context and style, and choosing to use the construction and literary devices that help you best express yourself. Therefore, my response is very Machiavellian: it depends on the context and your audience. I am never for absolute answers or excluding any sort of tools or data. I think our job is to use our creative ingenuity to understand and use that understanding to improve. Thus, everything is useful, we just need to figure out how and when.Thank you again for your kind and thought-provoking comment. Have a happy and safe New Year!

Other Ways to Write Hope you are Well in Your Email

Hey, Danny! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a gracious comment. I’m touched! I agree, balancing a professional yet sincerely approachable tone is difficult in written communication. Now that more and more of our work, school and just our lives in general are shifting online, these small phrases are more important than ever. They can make a big difference in adding that personal or human touch we’re all missing right now. Thank you again for your comment! Cheers to your future emails.

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Hi! Thank you for your comment. No worries, it would be my pleasure. Some simple prepositions are: after against along alongside amid among around atSome examples of compound prepositions include: by means of by reason of by virtue of by way of due toReread the article for a more complete list of simple, compound, and other types of prepositions. Cheers!

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Hi, Bithika! WOW! What a beautiful comment. Thank you! We are so glad our article could help make one of the hardest things in English (and any language, for that matter) a little easier. Thank you again for your touching words.

First, Second, and Third Person: Points of View in Writing

Hi, Heather! First, I'd like to thank you for being who you are and doing what you do. Teachers work so hard for their students, and we know remote learning has only presented new challenges. Teachers nurture entire generations of curiosity and creativity, and we're absolutely touched you'd like to use our materials as part of this. We will certainly send high resolution copies to you via email. Thank you again!

Linking Verbs: Complete List and How to Identify Them

Wow, Viktor! Thank you for your kind words. Our graphic artist are really something aren't they! I'll pass along the compliment. Please do share our images and infographics to show the artists how much you enjoy their work, and help others understand these concepts as well. Thanks again!

Linking Verbs: Complete List and How to Identify Them

WOW, Jade! Thank you for such warm words. We're glad we could help. This is a tough subject at any age! The PDF in the article is also a great study guide for your students. The quizzes are also helpful practice. Thanks again for your comments!

➕ How to use Not Only But Also Like a Pro

Hi, Meirynn! Great question. Either one is correct. The rule is: you cannot separate the first part of this construction (the "not only" part) but you can separate the second part (the "but also" part). So, both of the following are correct: 1) Not only does he know how to ride a bike but he also knows how to ride a motorcycle 2) Not only does he know how to ride a bike but also he knows how to ride a motorcycle. Check out the Pro-Tip in the article to review this rule and don't forget to take the quiz to test yourself. Thanks again for your question and for reading! Hope this helps. Best!

Than vs. Then: Difference and How to use Each Correctly

Hi, Tammy! You're definitely not the only one. "Then" and "than" practically sound the same, but only "than" makes sense here because you're making a comparison. I'm glad our article helped clarify this one! Thanks again for reading and for taking the time to comment. Best!

➕ How to use Not Only But Also Like a Pro

Musa, thank you for your fantastic comment! Please do check out our other articles and let me know what you think. I'm always working to improve these resources for our readers. Thanks again!

; Semicolon Tattoo: Because Your Story Isn't Over

Michelle, thank you sincerely for your beautiful message. We're proud to play our small part in honoring this project. Thank you again for your words and for helping us spread the word by sharing! Stay safe.

Linking Verbs: Complete List and How to Identify Them

Hi Merlin, thanks for your question. Technically, do/does/did are helping verbs. We made a downloadable .pdf with tons of examples of linking and helping verbs here: can find do/does/did examples on page 3 under the Helping Verbs section in blue. Let us know what you think! Don't be afraid to comment again for more examples. Thanks again for reading.

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Hi, thank YOU for taking the time to let us know. We're happy to help and glad our article was valuable to you. English is not easy, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. Take care!

To vs. Too Here's the Easy way to Know Which one to use

Hi Matthew, this is definitely one of the most interesting questions we've ever received ? Sounds like you enjoyed the article! In this case, it would be "too." Check out our quiz at the end of the article for more practice. Thanks again for reading. Be safe.

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Thanks, Chakib! Great suggestion. We have another article on prepositional phrases with a quiz at the end here: See what you think of this practice exercise and let us know your feedback. It will help us create better resources in the future. Looking forward to your thoughts! Thanks again for your comment.

How to use an Em Dash (—) Properly

Hi, Paul! Thanks for your comment. Are you looking for video content on this topic? We're planning to add some quick videos to our articles soon. What do you think? Thanks again for stopping by and keep the suggestions coming!

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Hi Tito, thank you! Please do let us know what you think of our other articles on prepositions. Looking forward to your thoughts! Thanks again for stopping by.

Linking Verbs: Complete List and How to Identify Them

Thank you! We will be adding a downloadable .PDF with a full list of linking and helping verbs plus many more examples. We will let you know once it is available. Stay tuned! Thank you again for your warm comment and for reading.

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Thank you so much, Paige! We also have a follow up article with a quiz here, would love to know what you think: Thank you again for stopping by and taking the time to leave your very kind comment. Stay safe!

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Thanks, Zakir! We're glad the article was helpful to you. Let us know what you think about our other resources on prepositions. And, don't forget to take some of the quizzes to test your skills. Thanks again!

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Hi Bibek, thank YOU for stopping by and checking out our article. Is there anything we missed that might make the article more helpful for you? Thanks again!

Blond vs. Blonde: What's the Difference?

Hey, Jaylan! Great catch. Thanks for your note. We've made the correction. For the record, caffeinated drinks are blonde (with an 'e'), not blond (without an 'e'). Thanks again for taking the time to read the article and let us know about this line. Cheers!

Affect vs. Effect: The Easiest way to get it Right

Hi! The verbs "influence" and "affect" are synonyms. You can use them interchangeably. Similarly, the nouns an "effect" and an "influence" are synonyms. You tend to see them in this construction: to have an effect/have an influence on. Hope this helps! Thanks again for reading.

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

WOW, Michelle! What an honor. Thanks for letting us know. We're proud to be a part of your curriculum. Is there anything we can change or add to make this a better resource for students like yours? Thanks again!

What Are Some Tone Words?

Samuel, thank you for the words of encouragement and for your insightful comment. You're absolutely right. Great eye! We've made this correction and appreciate you bringing it to our attention. Thanks again for stopping by!

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Wow, Muhammad! What a compliment! Thanks again. Don't forget to explore other articles on the topic like this one and let us know what you think.

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Thank you, Jillian! You made my day :D You might also like this article and the quiz at the end: Thanks again for taking the time to leave such kind words.

5 Types of Prepositions: An Easy Guide

Sheila, so glad to hear it! Thanks for taking the time to let us know. This means the world to us. If there's anything we could add to the article to make it better or a topic you'd like more information on, don't hesitate to post your ideas here. Also, have you taken a look at this article? We recently added a quiz that might give you some extra practice. I would love to know what you think:

Quick and Easy Apostrophe Rules Guide

Mary, thank you for taking our quiz and for your spot-on feedback! You are right in that s' is an acceptable form (and way cleaner). We wrote the quiz this way because most academic style guides recommend the s's format. BUT: we love how clear your answer is and like it so much more! We updated the quiz to reflect your point: both are correct. We created these quizzes for you, so please keep taking them and giving us your feedback. We want to improve in any way we can and make our content the best it can be. We'd love your opinion on this one, what do you think?

⛏️ Is Ax or Axe Correct? How to Quickly Tell the Difference

What a difference one letter makes, right?! At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal style. Language is fluid. Just because a word is traditionally used in one way doesn't mean that's set in stone. I think the overall point of language is to express yourself. So if you're an "axe" kind of guy, go for it! :D Thanks again for stopping by.

How to Write the Perfect Meta Title

Hi, Thomas! Thanks for your comment. INK is desktop app that you can write in like any text editor. INK will help you optimize your content as you write. Then, once you're ready to publish to your WordPress site, you can use the INK companion plug-in to upload your .INK file directly. There shouldn't be any conflict with your current set-up. You can get both the INK Editor and WordPress upload plug-in here.If you have any issues, please let us know! Thanks again

5 SEO Myths You Need to Know About

Thank you sincerely for the kind words! Will definitely check out your site and podcast! What do you think of INK? Really interested to hear your feedback.

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