Phrase analysis and appositive. Positioning of 'perhaps a ..

EnglishABC

Senior Member
NZ English
So you can organise something with them to work in with our opening, perhaps a half page.

What is the underlined phrase's function?

Is it an appositive of something, and thus should it be positioned here?

So you can organise something, perhaps a half page, with them to work in with our store opening.
 
  • panjandrum

    Lapsed Moderator
    English-Ireland (top end)
    It seems to be a fragment rather than a sentence.
    By the time I get to "perhaps a half page" I am thinking of the opening and perhaps some other event, not a piece of paper.
    Placing the phrase immediately after "something" might seem a good idea, but then reading "with them" creates a different, and equally strange, clash.

    Without knowing more, a minimal change that seems to me better would be to place the phrase earlier, but to retain "organise something with them" as a single thought.
    ... so you can organise something with them, perhaps a half page, to work in with our store opening.

    In the right context this would probably be OK.
     

    EnglishABC

    Senior Member
    NZ English
    So you see it as a fragment.

    But if you were to treat it as an appositive you'd place it where you have suggested. I like your version. Doesn't break the flow.
     
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