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additional phrases

Postby Hela » Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:50 pm

Dear Alan,

What do you call the following phrases since they are not considered to be "appositives" ?

The quiz, as well as all workbook exercises, was collected.
His jacket, not his shirt or his socks, always seems to match his slacks.

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Re: additional phrases

Postby Alan » Fri Dec 28, 2012 6:29 am

Regarding the first, it is essentially an adverbial (being functionally identical to 'in addition to...')

Some speakers would not consider the second to be good usage, preferring 'unlike' to 'not'. By the lights of this revision, we would also reckon this phrase an adverbial. In its present form, however, some linguists would apply the label 'negative appositive'.

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