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  1. I don't like the names Axel and Brook.

  2. I don't like the names Axel or Brook.

  3. I don't like the name Axel, and I don't like the name Brook.

  4. I don't like the name Axel or the name Brook.

Which is better, 1 or 2?

The intended meaning is that of 3 and I know 4 has the same meaning as 3. However, the fact that in 1 and 2 there are two elements functioning together as an appositive is confusing me. Do the same rules of negation apply as in 4?

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  • 2 is correct; 1 is not. Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 20:31
  • There is no apposition in your examples.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 29, 2018 at 20:55
  • @Lambie If the name Axel is not apposition, what is it? Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 15:51

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Apposition means naming the same thing in a different way, set off by commas.

Axel and Brook, the best players on the team, were brothers. That would be apposition or an appositive.

That said, all the examples in the question are grammatical. None contains an apposition.

In your examples, the words are direct objects.

An appositive is a word or phrase that restates or redefines a nearby noun.

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  • Thank you. Do you agree with @JasonBassford that 2 is better than 1? Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 20:23
  • @silverpepper Yes, it is better.
    – Lambie
    Commented Aug 30, 2018 at 23:51

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