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    question re. participle

    The following sentence contains a demonstrative adjective which modifies a participle and does not look correct to me. Please verify.

    "This being my first year, I want to thank you...."


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    Re: question re. participle

    Quote Originally Posted by jeannecp View Post
    The following sentence contains a demonstrative adjective which modifies a participle and does not look correct to me. Please verify.

    "This being my first year, I want to thank you...."
    I can't see anything wrong with it, Jeanne.

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    Re: question re. participle

    Nor can I, it depends what follows.

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    Re: question re. participle

    Quote Originally Posted by jeannecp View Post
    The following sentence contains a demonstrative adjective which modifies a participle and does not look correct to me. Please verify.

    "This being my first year, I want to thank you...."
    It's fine, as far as it goes; and I don't really see why what follows should matter. It would be perfectly grammatical if there were a full stop after 'you'. The clause with the participle sets the scene for the main verb, 'want'. You could equally well say 'As this is my first year, I want...'. Using the participle is more formal, but not wrong.

    (I have a feeling that it feels wrong to you because you're trying to parse 'this' as modifying 'being'; it doesn't. It modifies 'year' - either the one at the end of the clause or an unstated one in the elided form of "This [year] being my first year, I want to thank you....". [In fact, you could elide the 'second' year, and say "This year being my first, I want to thank you....". I prefer the original version though ])

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    Last edited by BobK; 03-Jul-2008 at 12:14. Reason: Fix typo


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    Re: question re. participle

    The confusing factor might be that the participle 'being' has the subject of its own which is different from the subject of the sentence.

    Cf.: Being in my first year, I want ...
    This being my first year, I want ...

    As far as I know, this type of structures is called nominative absolute participial construction. They may function in the sentence as adverbials of time, reason, attendant circumstances.

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    Re: question re. participle

    Or, in Latin the "ablative absolute" - those were the days

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