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    Smile all chatting--an absolute construction

    I slowly looked around and realized I could have been anywehre in the world. There were other Western pople at the table nest to us, and a group of African people on the other side of the restaurant, all chatting noisily in languages that I wasn't able to understand.


    I doubt if the part in bold is an absolute construction or just another present participle phrase. Your comments? Thanks.


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    Re: all chatting--an absolute construction

    This isn't an absolute construction, no.
    It simply uses all to mean everyone.

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    Re: all chatting--an absolute construction

    Quote Originally Posted by Niall View Post
    This isn't an absolute construction, no.
    It simply uses all to mean everyone.
    Thanks, Niall, for the reply.
    Yes, the construction "everyone chatting ..." is the absolute construction that I suspect it is.


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    Re: all chatting--an absolute construction

    Ah, yes. everyone chatting is an absolute construction afterall!

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    Re: all chatting--an absolute construction

    Thanks, Niall.
    But on second thought, could the base sentence derive from the following?

    I slowly ... restaurant, (and they were) all chatting noisily in languages that I wasn't able to understand.

    If yes, then "all" is only an adverb. As a result, I'm afraid that we have to modify our previous viewpoint--it's not an absolute construction but a present participle phrase.


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    Re: all chatting--an absolute construction

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    I slowly looked around and realized I could have been anywehre in the world. There were other Western pople at the table nest to us, and a group of African people on the other side of the restaurant, all chatting noisily in languages that I wasn't able to understand.


    I doubt if the part in bold is an absolute construction or just another present participle phrase. Your comments? Thanks.
    Spelling!!!

    It is two sentences. I would change the comma into a semi-colon.

    There were other Western people at the table next to us, and a group of African people on the other side of the restaurant; all (were) chatting noisily in languages that I wasn't able to understand.

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    Re: all chatting--an absolute construction

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    Spelling!!!

    It is two sentences. I would change the comma into a semi-colon.

    There were other Western people at the table next to us, and a group of African people on the other side of the restaurant; all (were) chatting noisily in languages that I wasn't able to understand.
    Thanks, Naamplao, for correcting the typoes.

    Sorry! There is only one sentence in question, and it's an excerpt from a textbook.
    In that case, what is your opinion about my question?


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    Re: all chatting--an absolute construction

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    Thanks, Naamplao, for correcting the typoes.

    Sorry! There is only one sentence in question, and it's an excerpt from a textbook.
    In that case, what is your opinion about my question?
    Commas can separate sentences. The word "were" is implied. "All" meaning "everyone" is not an adverb....it is a noun and is the subject of the second sentence which is joined to the first one with a comma.

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