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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 ...