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    Nominative absolute

    can you show me the structure of nominative absolute? and give me some examples,too!

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    Re: Nominative absolute

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    can you show me the structure of nominative absolute? and give me some examples,too!

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I think that the so-called nominative absolute is something that is used only

    in writing. If you use it in conversation, people will laugh at you.

    (2) Mother: It is only 9 a.m. Why have you come home? You should still be at school.

    Tom: The teacher was absent, so we students left school.

    (a) In writing, Tom's sentence could be changed to:

    The teacher being absent, we students left school.

    (3) Here's an example from The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar:

    I refusing to go, Nicholas went alone.

    (i) I think that in "regular" English, this means something like:

    Nicholas went alone because/since I had refused to go.

    (4) It's called "nominative" because you must use the nominative case. That is,

    you must say "I refusing to go, ..." You canNOT say "Me refusing to go, ...."

    (5) It's called "absolute," because it is NOT connected to any one word in the following

    sentence. For example, "I refusing to go" modifies (refers to) the whole main

    sentence "Nicholas went alone."

    (6) If you type in "nominative absolute" in the search box, you will find help. And, of

    course, the Web is full of results. Any time you have a question about absolute

    nominatives, just ask it here. Just remember: learners should not use it until they

    really understand English grammar.

    This post being much too long, I shall now end it!

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    Re: Nominative absolute

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    can you show me the structure of nominative absolute? and give me some examples,too!
    Your previous posts show that you can write more grammatically correct English than this.

    Please do so in future, both as a courtesy to us and also as an example to other students.

    Thank you.

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    Re: Nominative absolute

    Thanks. I'll do so in the future.

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