cb wrote:hi, an abl absolute can, in fact, reference something contained elsewhere in the sentence: it's not usual, but it does occur in golden prose and so you can't automatically conclude that any use of this construction is wrong: see woodcock s93, pg 74 (i've marked the relevant para):
thesaurus wrote:Like my ablatives, I prefer my grammatical rules absolutist, so I'm going to pretend I didn't see this information.
Ut verba ablativa, sic regulae grammaticae absolutae esse mihi placet. Itaque hoc non esse fingo.
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