''Absent (from)''

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WilliamRota

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I'd like to confirm if this word were used as meaning the verb to absent oneself I might ignore the preposition of. Thank you.
 

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I can't think of any context in which you could..."I absented myself the party"? No.
 

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I'd like to confirm if this word were used as meaning the verb to absent oneself I might ignore the preposition of. Thank you.

I assume you meant to ask if you could ignore the preposition "from" (not the preposition "of" as you stated in your post). I can't think of any situation where you could omit it.

I absented myself from the meeting.
He absented himself from the party.
 

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You can do that if you omit the whole prepositional phrase.
"The others attended the party, but I absented myself."
 

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I manage to find about 16 examples of the verb absented in BNC 9 of which are used without the preposition "from".
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Yes, absolutely. The preposition can be omitted if "absent[ed] oneself" is not followed by the event in question.
 

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I manage to find about 16 examples of the verb absented in BNC 9 of which are used without the preposition "from".
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In 15 of the 16 citations, 'absented' is followed by a reflexive pronoun (as in post #4) and not followed by the event, as ems noted in post #6. Context is everything.
 
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