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    .. Her parents having done ...

    She has led a sheltered life, her parents having done everything for her.Having done.... . What's this structure. I'm not familiar with this kind of tense in the verb topics. Would you please elaborate on for me? ( I think it's a bit old-fashioned )Thanks

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    Re: .. Her parents having done ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    She has led a sheltered life, her parents having done everything for her.Having done.... . What's this structure. I'm not familiar with this kind of tense in the verb topics. Would you please elaborate on for me? ( I think it's a bit old-fashioned )Thanks
    Having done all the other things I had to do, I was finally free to respond to your question on usingenglish.com.

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    Re: .. Her parents having done ...

    I'm familiar with using participles at the first of the clause. However, it has been used at the middle of the second sentence. Does it serve the same function? is it absolute phrase?

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    Re: .. Her parents having done ...

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Having done all the other things I had to do, I was finally free to respond to your question on usingenglish.com.
    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    I'm familiar with using participles at the first start/beginning of the/a clause. However, it has been used at in the middle of the second sentence. Does it serve the same function? Is it an absolute phrase?
    Bhai's example sentence could have been written "I was finally free to respond to your question, having done all the other things I had to do".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: .. Her parents having done ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    She has led a sheltered life, her parents having done everything for her.Having done.... . What's this structure.
    It's called a nominative absolute.

    Yes, it's a feature of literary, rather than conversational, style.

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