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Absolute Phrase or Participle Phrase?

So I'm a bit confused. Is this sentence a participle phrase or absolute phrase? And whats the difference? Having eaten very late, the children became sleepy right after dinner.
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Absolute phrase with adjective?

So I've recently learned about absolute phrase and wondering if we can use it with adjective like: Lanterns hang from the branches, the night sky visible through the spaces between the leaves. Is ...
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Syntax. Analysis of the sentence

Some of the many doors stood wide open with lads carrying sacks and buckets in and out, and some were half closed with horses’ heads looking interestedly over the tops. I have a question about the ...
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Absolute participial

Can you explain me why "being" is omitted in these absolute phrases with past participles? His heart broken, he left the room quietly. Her spirit awoken, Julie felt she could do anything. ...
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Meaning of "... when I was struck down by enteric fever, that curse of our Indian possessions," from A Study in Scarlet

Worn with pain, and weak from the prolonged hardships which I had undergone, I was removed, with a great train of wounded sufferers, to the base hospital at Peshawar. Here I rallied, and had already ...
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What is this structure called in English grammar?

A rush of blood to the head, and X committed hara-kiri. This is how a cricket commentator once described a batsman who stepped out of the crease and attempted to loft the ball into the stands; ...
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Is this an absolute construction?

Is this an example of a nominative absolute phrase? There was a stall that sold masks in the local market on Sunday mornings. He looked at many different masks. Most of them, too outlandish, he ...
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absolute structure VS complete sentence after em dash

Primarily, the banker-customer relationship is that of debtor and creditor--who is which depending on whether the customer's account is in credit or is overdrawn. I am aware that a complete sentence ...
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comma+noun+ relative clause VS comma + nominative absolute

From an ACT English test: Now, the site is visited by thousands of scuba divers every year, those ____ for an unusual dive in what might be called an underwater mining museum. Why inserting "...
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oneself + gerund

The U.S. Postal Service, itself teetering on the brink of insolvency, is ill equipped to handle the surge. Why not “its teetering on the brink of insolvency or it teetering on the brink of insolvency?...
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verb-ing modifier trouble

I'm unexplainably confused about this topic. What does the following verb-ing clause modify? (noun) researchers or (action) have sent? How do we decide that? --> very important for me Is there any ...
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Why not a preposition + a noun instead of "beginning on Monday"?

What does "beginning" mean in the following sentence? She will be in Canada next week for the Global Hepatitis Summit. Her patients won't be able to consult with her beginning on Monday, as she ...
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"He / his being..." In this context

John being a good teacher, his son never failed. With pronouns people make sentences like: He / his / him being a good teacher, his son never failed. He(subject pronoun) seems more appropriate to ...
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An absolute phrase or just omitting "While...be...)

"While most politicians are downplaying the dire economic situations the people are facing, this candidate stresses that improving the lives of the citizens is a matter of import." My mind somehow ...
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Absolute Phrases vs Participial phrases with and without commas

It was a stormy day. We stayed inside the house. It being a stormy day, we stayed inside the house. Source: Absolute phrase on EnglishGrammar I'd like to see if the patterns hold if the ...
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meaning of the phrase "point being"?

It is from Crash Course World History. It is at 3 minute and 55 second. Here is the context: Point being, for 250 thousand years all power was muscle power and unless you could ride a cheetah you ...
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What type of construction is used in this sentence

They hailed Brissenden and his demijohns with acclamation, and, on being introduced, Martin learned they were Andy and Parry. I wonder what type of construction is on being introduced. Is it the ...
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Noun phrases without participles as absolutes: behind those high twigs, their leaves leathery green on top

My earliest childhood memory is of the swaying limbs of Golden Delicious apple trees. Rows of them stood next to a dirt road that separated our orchard from the front yard. The Kentucky ...
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Absolute construction with or without "with"

When the volunteers catch wind of dire financial situation, they rent a stall at the flea market. Neighbours empty their cupboards and garages, with the money raised paying our living expenses. The ...
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Two absolute constructions with same meaning

The horsemen raced down the hill toward the settlers, their guns at the ready. This is an absolute construction. It does not have any verb. If I rewrite the above sentence in the following way, still ...
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Absolute phrase and with

My question is about absolute phrases. The weather being nice, we decided to have a picnic. Can we add "with" in front of the absolute phrase? With the weather being nice, we decided to have a ...
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What is the grammatical role of "his former sister-in-law on his arm"?

Mark walked into the hotel’s ballroom, his former sister-in-law on his arm. He smiled when he saw his brother’s smile freeze into a gremlin’s glare. What would you say is the grammatical function of ...
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Gerund or participle?

I contructed the sentence (may contains mistakes): Saying this he hurt her and she ran off. What is saying in the sentence? Is it gerund or participle? I'd also like to clarify if it is correct to ...
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