I have two sentences, given below, and I need your help to identify if there is any error in any one of them and if there is then What it is?
- He was absent from the meeting.
- He absented himself from the meeting.
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There is no error in either. In the first case, "absent" is an adjective that simply means "not present." There is no implication on whether not being present was due to impossiblity, accident, ignorance, or intent. In the second case, "absent" is a reflexive verb that means "deliberately not attend despite attendance being possible." It is a synonym for "stay away" or "avoid."