Can I say:

My pc having had some problems, I returned it to the manufacturer.

Instead of:

As my pc had some problems, I returned....''


He not coming, I won't go there.

If they are possible, please give me more examples of this kind.

  • The first sentence is good, but uses several tenses. You only need "my pc had some problems" or "my pc was having some problems" – Jared Dec 12 '16 at 15:18
  • Both your examples are possible, but idiomatically they're both extremely unlikely. Unfortunately I don't know offhand how to describe the contexts where *participle clauses (which give information about condition, reason, result or time) work well, and where they don't. – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Dec 12 '16 at 15:20
  • Some of them experiencing any difficunties, we'll change the timetable. – Abu Naim Muhammed Kalil Dec 12 '16 at 15:35
  • Is the sentence above possible? – Abu Naim Muhammed Kalil Dec 12 '16 at 15:36
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    A minor correction: acronyms and initialisms should always be capitalized: "My PC", not "My pc". – stangdon Dec 12 '16 at 17:03

You can indeed, but it is rather literary - few people would use that construction (an absolute construction) in ordinary speech.

The second is very unlikely, for several reasons. First, the literary tone of the absolute construction doesn't match the colloquial "won't". Secondly, the construction is usually used only in narrative, so it is unlikely to be used in the present (unless it is a present tense narrative). Thirdly, especially with a "not" in the absolute clause, I would expect the main clause to refer to it in some way. Eg "He not coming, I went on my own". Note also that "He not coming" would mean something like "Because he did not come (i.e. arrive)": it doesn't mean "Because he was not coming (i.e. accompanying me)".

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  • Shouldn't it be "He wasn't coming, I went on my own."? – SovereignSun Dec 13 '16 at 16:12
  • @SovereignSun: Shouldn't what be that? What you have quoted there is a comma-splice: two sentences joined by a comma. People do say that sort of thing, but the semantic relationship between the two is not clear, so it is frowned on in writing. "He not coming, I went on my own" is perfectly grammatical and meaningful, but unlikely to occur outside a written narrative. – Colin Fine Dec 14 '16 at 10:48
  • So if I rephrase it to: "He wasn't coming so I went on my own." It's the same as "He not coming, I went on my own"? – SovereignSun Dec 14 '16 at 13:07
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    @SovereignSun, yes, except that the paraphrase could have a different tense "He didn't come so I went on my own". Your version implies that I somehow found out beforehand that he was not planning to come, whereas the simple past simply says that he didn't come without any implication about my knowledge. The absolute clause is similarly unspecific. – Colin Fine Dec 14 '16 at 17:53

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