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    permit in casual conversation

    If I was talking informally, I would never say someting like "If the weather permits, we will go for a walk." or even a bit more complex "Weather permitting, we would go for a walk." Would anyone use that verb in conversation?

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    Re: permit in casual conversation

    It's not uncommon to use "weather permitting" in casual conversation. Some people might say "Let's plan on going shopping tomorrow if the weather's OK" while others will say "Let's plan on going shopping tomorrow, weather permitting." "Weather permitting" is often used if the weather has been particularly inclement or unpredictable recently.

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    Re: permit in casual conversation

    Is '' Weather permitting '' an absolute phrase/ absolute clause/ absolute construction ?

    I learn that '' absolute phrase/ absolute clause/ absolute construction '' can not be used in conversation
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    Re: permit in casual conversation

    Whatever you had "learn" doesn't matter. You can use almost anything in conversation. And "weather permitting," or any variation of, can be commonly heard in conversation.

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    Re: permit in casual conversation

    I don't know where you learnt that; it is not true, though there are a limited number of such absolute constructions:

    "In general prose, spoken or written, the absolute participial construction is almost limited to conventional phrases like 'weather permitting', 'God willing', 'things being as they are', 'other things being equal;, 'that being so'. " Onions C T (1971), Modern English Syntax, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul

    All these expressions are used in conversation, even in casual conversation, as Ouisch mentioned.

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    Re: permit in casual conversation

    Quote Originally Posted by duiter View Post
    Is '' Weather permitting '' an absolute phrase/ absolute clause/ absolute construction ?

    I learn that '' absolute phrase/ absolute clause/ absolute construction '' can not be used in conversation
    Well you learnt wrong Absolute constructions are not common in conversation, but 'weather permitting' is an exception.

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