One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A construction in Latin which consists of a noun and participle or adjective in the ablative case and functions as a sentence adverb, for example Deo volente ‘God willing’.
- ‘If you make the ablative absolute into its own clause, then you can think about the relationship between this clause and the main sentence.’
- ‘Express the phrase as an ablative absolute, leaving out words other than the supplied noun and verb.’
- ‘The commentaries are not at all what they seem to the student puzzling over the ablative absolutes and indirect discourse.’
- ‘The genitive absolute is a particular use of the participle, similar to the ablative absolute in Latin.’
- ‘It's about a lawyer circa 70BC, familiar to Latin students more for his ablative absolutes than his crowd-pulling charisma.’
- ‘Most ablative absolutes are best translated with clauses introduced by when, although, since, or if.’
- ‘Of course, as the book progresses, you do encounter ablative absolutes and subjunctives and such.’
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