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    Default Please R-K Nominative Absolute

    You should not have brought him here. (And him coughing as he is!!!)

    Recently a very serious and dedicated student posted a similar sentence.

    Would you kindly R-K this sentence?

    I am especially interested in the role of "and," "him coughing," and
    "as he is."

    Thank you SO much!!!

    P. S. If you can give me some more examples of this kind of indignant

    exclamation (And [pronoun] -ing ...!), that would be a delightful bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    Thanks a million for your kind reply!!!

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    Default Re: Please R-K Nominative Absolute

    I have thought a little more about this.

    The difference between "him coughing" and "his coughing" used to be a matter of what was considered correct style here in the USA. "His coughing" is much easier to apply Reed-Kellogg to (and used to be the preferred). I will still look into this matter.

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    Default Re: Please R-K Nominative Absolute

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Antonson View Post
    I have thought a little more about this.

    The difference between "him coughing" and "his coughing" used to be a matter of what was considered correct style here in the USA. "His coughing" is much easier to apply Reed-Kellogg to (and used to be the preferred). I will still look into this matter.
    Thank you so much for your concern. By the way, I communicated

    with a very experienced ESL teacher who agrees with you. She says that

    without the "and," the "with him coughing as he is" is an absolute

    construction (I guess something like: The teacher being ill, we all

    went home). So you are, of course, correct: "coughing" is a participle.

    I plan to direct the original poster to your diagram. Unfortunately,

    many visitors do not seem to be aware of the rich resource that awaits

    them at the "diagramming" forum. How sad that most of them do not

    realize how much Reed-Kellogg could help them.

    Thanks again SO much!!!

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    Default Re: Please R-K Nominative Absolute

    My pleasure.

    I think the thing with Reed-Kellogg is that it is new for so many, and many people do not deal well with "new".

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