Absolute Phrases

Absolute Phrases :

Phrase :

A Phrase is a combination of group of related words which contribute to the overall structure of the sentence and the meaning of the sentence.

They visited the temple in the Big City – Tirupati.

The group of words in bold is called a phrase. The group of words has no separate meaning whereas that group of words adds value to the overall sentence and gives meaning to the sentence. This is the nature of a phrase and the limitation of a phrase. Since, a phrase plays a various functions in a sentence; there are nine types of phrases widely used in our sentences. The noun in this type of phrase is called the object of the preposition.

Absolute Phrases = Nominative Phrase

This Phrases is otherwise called Nominative Phrase. This phrase consists of a group of words including a noun or pronoun or a participle and / or any associated modifiers. This Phrase is also called Nominative Phrase. This phrase describes the entire sentence. This phrase can be removed from the main sentence without changing the meaning of the sentence. This phrase gives extra information about the action of the verb or the noun in the sentence. This phrase is set off from the main sentence only by a comma. This phrase looks like a clause. But it does not have a definite verb of its own. This phrase has subjects and modifies the entire sentence.

Example :

He looks sad, his face expressing worry.

In this sentence, “his face expressing worry” is the phrase which gives an additional information about HE.

If a definite verb is added, this phrase will become a separate sentence with complete meaning.

Example :

“HIS FACE EXPRESSING WORRY” would be its own sentence if you just add one finite verb WAS : His face was expressing worry.

Other examples for this type of phrase :

1. We are waiting for the bus, already late by 3 hours.

2. He is good a student, scoring 95 percent in all subjects.

3. My health permitting tomorrow, I will attend the wedding.

4. He looks sad, his face expressing worry.

5. He is waiting for his father, his eyes on the clock.

6. Murthy is painting a house, his shirt dirty with all colours of paints.

7. Maran held onto the ball, his hands pushing it tightly.

8. He will be back tonight, weather permitting.


  1. Kinds of Phrases
  2. Noun Phrases
  3. Prepositional Phrases
  4. Adjective Phrases
  5. Adverb Phrases
  6. Verb Phrases
  7. Infinitive Phrases
  8. Infinitives
  9. Gerund Phrases
  10. Participle Phrases
  11. Nominative Phrase
  12. Appositive Phrases
  13. The Noun
  14. Kinds of Nouns
  15. Kinds of Nouns in English
  16. Types of Nouns in English
  17. Correct Usage of Nouns
  18. Classification of Nouns
  19. Proper Nouns
  20. Common Nouns
  21. Abstract Nouns
  22. Collective Nouns
  23. Nouns of Multitude
  24. Material Nouns
  25. Compound Nouns
  26. Concrete Nouns
  27. Countable Nouns
  28. Uncountable Nouns
  29. Count Nouns
  30. Mass Nouns
  31. Pronouns
  32. Abstract Nouns formed from Adjectives
  33. Abstract Nouns formed from Common Nouns
  34. Abstract Nouns formed from Verbs
  35. Abstract Nouns of the same form as Verbs
  36. Absolute Phrases
  37. Noun and Gender
  38. Nouns and Gender
  39. Masculine Nouns and Feminine Nouns
  40. Masculine Nouns
  41. Feminine Nouns
  42. Ways of forming the feminine of nouns
  43. Exceptional Masculine Nouns and Feminine Nouns
  44. Exceptional Feminine Nouns
  45. Foreign Feminine Nouns
  46. Nouns in Common Gender
  47. Common Gender Nouns
  48. Neuter Pronouns
  49. Neuter Gender Nouns
  50. Gender of Personified Things
  51. Noun and Case
  52. Kinds of Cases in English
  53. Noun and Number
  54. Singular and Plural
  55. Singular Nouns and Plural Nouns
  56. Ways of forming plurals
  57. Formation of Plurals
  58. Compound Nouns and Plurals
  59. Noun Infinitive
  60. Noun to Verb
  61. The Noun

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