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    Absolute clause

    I have just learned the usage of absolute course in this forum, here comes two immediate questions



    1)"There are heartbreaking stories of residents in Tung Chung, which has no government-operated wet market, being forced to pay 6.6 per cent more for groceries compared with citywide averages prices."




    Its it better adding a subject "the residents" to the initial position of the absolute clause (in bold) , otherwise the sentence would be in bad style?


    2) "Worrying about the upcoming social instability, the administration is working on every measure to put the citizens in ease"


    Can I not use absolute clause here by replacing "Worrying" with "Worry" , to make the clause only takes "verb + adverbial" ?

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    Re: Absolute clause

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    I have just learned the usage of absolute course in this forum, here comes two immediate questions


    1)"There are heartbreaking stories of residents in Tung Chung, which has no government-operated wet market, being forced to pay 6.6 per cent more for groceries compared with citywide averages prices."


    Its it better adding a subject "the residents" to the initial position of the absolute clause (in bold) , otherwise the sentence would be in bad style?
    Yes, it could be written better:
    1)"There are heartbreaking stories from Tung Chung, which has no government-operated wet market, of residents being forced to pay 6.6 per cent more for groceries compared with citywide averages prices." - ie. "stories ... of residents."


    2) "Worrying about the upcoming social instability, the administration is working on every measure to put the citizens in ease"


    Can I not use absolute clause here by replacing "Worrying" with "Worry" , to make the clause only takes "verb + adverbial" ?
    I'm not sure what you mean. Can you write the sentence?
    You could say: "Worried about the upcoming ..."
    "The administration, worried about the upcoming social instability, is working on every measure to put the citizens in at ease"
    That would probably be the most natural way of saying it.

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    Re: Absolute clause

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    You could say: "Worried about the upcoming ..."
    "The administration, worried about the upcoming social instability, is working on every measure to put the citizens in at ease"
    That would probably be the most natural way of saying it.
    Dear Raymott,

    What I mean is to rewrite the sentence as "Worries about the upcoming social instability, the administration is working on every measure to put the citizen at ease"
    Is it wrong for the rewrite?


    As for the most natural way you suggested "The administration, worried about the upcoming social instability, is working on every measure to put the citizens"

    Why it is better to use "Worried" rather than "Worrying" , To my knowledge, the administration is the agent (doer) of "worry" , which is also a progressive action. Could you please pinpoint my faults?

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    Re: Absolute clause

    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    What I mean is to rewrite the sentence as "Worries about the upcoming social instability, the administration is working on every measure to put the citizen at ease"
    Is it wrong for the rewrite?
    Yes. That is not possible. If 'worries' is a verb, it has no subject; if it is a noun, there is no verb.

    Why it is better to use "Worried" rather than "Worrying" , To my knowledge, the administration is the agent (doer) of "worry" , which is also a progressive action. Could you please pinpoint my faults?
    They are more likely to be worried/concerned/troubled, than to be worrying. The social instability worries them - they are worried.

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    Re: Absolute clause

    NOT A TEACHER

    Let me also try. I may or may not be right.

    You can make absolute clause like this

    Residents worrying about the upcoming social instability, the administration is working on every measure to put the residents in ease


    Quote Originally Posted by KSSEEJ View Post
    I have just learned the usage of absolute course in this forum, here comes two immediate questions



    1)"There are heartbreaking stories of residents in Tung Chung, which has no government-operated wet market, being forced to pay 6.6 per cent more for groceries compared with citywide averages prices."




    Its it better adding a subject "the residents" to the initial position of the absolute clause (in bold) , otherwise the sentence would be in bad style?


    2) "Worrying about the upcoming social instability, the administration is working on every measure to put the citizens in ease"


    Can I not use absolute clause here by replacing "Worrying" with "Worry" , to make the clause only takes "verb + adverbial" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajan View Post
    Residents worrying about the upcoming social instability, the administration is working on every measure to put the residents in at ease.
    Your suggestion is not very natural English We are more likely to say:
    As residents are concerned/worried about ..

    Please do not quote a post unless it is relevant to your response.

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    Re: Absolute clause

    Dear Teacher,

    Will follow your instruction.

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Your suggestion is not very natural English We are more likely to say:
    As residents are concerned/worried about ..

    Please do not quote a post unless it is relevant to your response.

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    Re: Absolute clause

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    1)"There are heartbreaking stories of residents in Tung Chung, which has no government-operated wet market, being forced to pay 6.6 per cent more for groceries compared with citywide averages prices."


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    (1) I do not understand why you call the words in bold an "absolute clause."

    (2) If you delete the words "which has no government-operated wet market,"

    you get:

    There are heartbreaking stories of residents (in Tung Chung) being forced to pay

    6.6 percent more for groceries compared with citywide average prices.

    (a) "being forced to ... citywide average prices" seems to be just a participial

    phrase modifying "residents."

    (3) Please remember that an absolute clause/phrase is defined as a noun + participle:

    The teacher being ill, the students went home.
    Hope lost, the men committed suicide.

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    Re: Absolute clause

    I have just learned the usage of absolute course in this forum, here comes two immediate questions

    1)"There are heartbreaking stories of residents in Tung Chung, which has no government-operated wet market, being forced to pay 6.6 per cent more for groceries compared with citywide averages prices."


    Its it better adding a subject "the residents" to the initial position of the absolute clause (in bold) , otherwise the sentence would be in bad style?

    Personally, I see no reason to rewrite this sentence, except to delete the final 's' of 'averages' (presumably, a simple typo): otherwise, it's perfectly grammatical and meaningful as it stands.

    You could, however, make the intervening relative clause (which has...market) less obtrusive by placing it in parentheses.

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    Re: Absolute clause

    could it also work this way? check it out too!


    1)"There are heartbreaking stories from Tung Chung, which has no government-operated wet market, residents are forced to pay 6.6 per cent more for groceries compared with citywide averages prices.

    2)"The administration, worried about the upcoming social instability, is working on every measure to put the citizens at ease" or
    "The administration is worried about the upcoming social instability, thus, working on every measure to put the citizens at ease"

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