Presentation on theme: "Absolute Phrase. Absolute Phrase Absolutes are sentence parts that describe the rest of the sentence in which they appear. Absolutes are almost complete."— Presentation transcript:
Absolute Phrase Absolutes are sentence parts that describe the rest of the sentence in which they appear. Absolutes are almost complete sentences. As a test, you can make any absolute a sentence by adding was or were.
Another way to identify an absolute is that many absolutes begin with the words my, his, her, its, our, their (possessive pronouns). Absolutes can occur as sentence openers, subject-verb splits, or sentence closers. Examples are boldfaced.
His hands raw, he reached a flat place at the top. Richard Connell, “The Most Dangerous Game”
Miss Hearne, her face burning, hardly listened to these words. Brian Moore, The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
Those who had caught sharks had taken them to the shark factory on the other side of the cove where they were hoisted on a block and tackle, their livers removed, their fins cut off, and their hides skinned out, and their flesh cut into strips for salting. (four closers)