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    Re: absolute phrase

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    Hello, Nagulu:

    One of my favorite books says that an absolute phrase "is an independent expression consisting of a substantive with modifying participle."

    I think that it means something like this in simpler English: It is an expression that is NOT grammatically connected to the main sentence. It consists of a noun + an -ing / -ed word.

    "The teacher being ill, we had no school on Monday."

    The main sentence is "We had no school on Monday."

    The absolute phrase is "The teacher being ill."

    This kind of construction (sentence) is usually reserved for writing.

    In speech, we would usually express the idea like this: "Because the teacher was ill, we had no school on Monday."



    James



    Source: House and Harman, Descriptive English Grammar. (I have the 1950 edition, but I believe that this information is still valid today.)

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    Re: absolute phrase

    Welcome to the forum, nagulu.

    Quote Originally Posted by nagulu View Post
    What is an absolute phrase?
    Please note my corrections to your post.

    Start every sentence with a capital letter and end it with a suitable punctuation mark.

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