Grammar 18


Simplifying Sentences with Absolute Phrases

Absolute phrases can always be canceled or ignored.

Simplified Sentence Clause Pattern

She stood on the cliff, her hair blowing in the wind.

intransitive (SV)

Stars winking in front of his eyes, he grabbed the top of the hat.

transitive (SVO)

Radley leaned against the wall, his arms folded across his chest.

intransitive (SV)

A wild-eyed horse, its bridle torn and dangling, trotted frantically through the mounds of men.

intransitive (SV)

Instruction for Quiz

Identify the base clause.

equative (S=C)

intransitive (SV)

transitive (SVO)

ditransitive (SVOiOd)

dummy subject (There is / It is)