Does anyone know what this type of phrase or clause is called? I'm trying to get more info about this construction, but without a name, it's difficult.
It's an adverb phrase. :wink:Originally Posted by iloveelephants
EX: After having been at work all day, I left tired. (Phrase)
EX: After I had been at work all day, I left tired. (Clause)
EX: Having never gone to the beach before, I didn't know what to wear. (Phrase)
EX: I had never gone to the beach before, so I didn't know what to wear. (Clause)
Note that, what distinguishes a phrase from a clause is tense. Clauses carry tense, whereas phrases do not. Clause also have subjects. Phrases don't:
After I had been (Tense: had; Subject: I)
After having been (Tense: None; Subject: None. Note, 'having been' functions as a verbal-noun, a gerund.
All the best, :D