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    Default relative clause(past participle clause )

    in regard to this sentence:
    Communication with the outside word were knocked out , leaving overseas relatives frantically trying to contact their loved ones.

    does it means:
    Communication with the outside word were knocked out,so leave overseas relatives frantically trying to contact their loved ones

    i am wondering can past participle clause have a meaning of .... so ......

    thanks for any helps

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    Default Re: relative clause(past participle clause )

    I'm not very good at grammar, but I thought past participle clauses were like:

    Founded 50 years ago, the company has had half a century of success.

    Pleased with her essay, she submitted it to the teacher with confidence.


    I don't see such a formation in the examples you gave. In the original example, I wouldn't include a comma:

    Communication with the outside world was knocked out leaving overseas relatives frantically trying to contact their loved ones.

    If I'm not mistaken, 'leaving' here isn't a verb, it's a noun (gerund). Is that right?

    You could include 'so' as you did, but it would change the structure:

    Communication with the outside world was knocked out, so relatives were left frantically trying to contact their loved ones.

    You'll need someone who has better knowledge of grammar to explain why this is so...

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    Default Re: relative clause(past participle clause )

    but in my knowledge , it's not possible for a passive clause to be followed a
    noun(that means object and gerund),in exception with propositional phrase.

    for example:i was killed by a murderer.
    ( followed by a propositional phrase , the clause is competed)
    but not:i was killed leaving the children separated from their parents.

    is that right?
    thanks a lot.

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    Default Re: relative clause(past participle clause )

    Quote Originally Posted by nono1994 View Post
    but not:i was killed leaving the children separated from their parents.

    is that right?
    thanks a lot.
    Nominative Absolute

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    Default Re: relative clause(past participle clause )

    but i think that Nominative Absolute clause has a particular meaning.

    For example :being rainy , i decided not to go for a picnic.
    being rainy is a Nominative Absolute clause
    It has the same meaning of "because of the rainy weather,i decided not to go for a picnic

    but in comparison with the former sentence,it doesn't express a meaning such as
    "because of" , so i am now confused about what are the differences between two sentences.
    In a word, does Nominative Absolute have the same meaning of past participle clause?

    thanks a lot
    Last edited by nono1994; 16-Jan-2010 at 12:54.

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