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  1. Member
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    her phone switched off or having been switched off

    Here is the sentence : "When Brjánsdóttir didn't show up at work on Saturday, her phone switched off, Hreinsdottir knew something was wrong.."

    I think the clause "her phone switched off" is grammatically wrong.
    It should be " her phone having been switched off".
    Am I right?

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    Re: her phone switched off or having been switched off

    Even that doesn't lead to a particularly good sentence. I'd say "When XX didn't show up at/for work on Saturday, and her phone was off/and she wasn't answering her phone, ..."
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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