Student or Learner
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!
Thanks. I'll do so in the future.