Definition of ablative absolute in English:

ablative absolute

Line breaks: ab¦la|tive ab¦so|lute


  • 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’.
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    • The genitive absolute is a particular use of the participle, similar to the ablative absolute in Latin.
    • Most ablative absolutes are best translated with clauses introduced by when, although, since, or if.
    • Express the phrase as an ablative absolute, leaving out words other than the supplied noun and verb.

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