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GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Absolute Phrases

Hello! 🙂 This week, I’m addressing a question that a student sent in on our blog. So if you’re struggling with the basics of absolute phrases and need a refresher on how to use them, this week’s video should help.

After you’ve watched it, let us know if you have any questions or comments below, and it might get answered in a video next week :).

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2 Responses to GMAT Tuesdays with Kevin: Absolute Phrases

  1. mahamamd January 24, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    hi kevin,

    first I would like to appreciate for this post. can u give some explanation for the following sentence.

    Scientists have found high levels of iridium in certain geological formations around the world, results that suggest the cataclysmic impact of a meteor millions of year ago.

    here the absolute phrase is: results that suggest the cataclysmic impact of a meteor millions of year ago.

    Nonetheless, the absolute phrase has verb–“suggest.”

    Thank u very much in advance.

    • Kevin Rocci
      Kevin January 24, 2014 at 11:45 am #

      Glad you liked the post! 🙂

      And great question! The sentence that you wrote is an absolute phrase and it might seem confusing because you see a verb in there, which is great to notice. But this doesn’t break any of the rules. One way to know is that the phrase cannot be it’s own sentence; it can’t stand alone. Also, it still follows the format of noun + other words. In the video, I was not as specific as I could’ve been. These other words are modifiers or modifying phrases. If we look at the absolute phrase, we see the noun “results.” Then comes a “that” which creates a restrictive clause modifying “results.” So although there is a verb, it is not on equal footing with the noun “results” since it is embedded within the restrictive clause.

      I hope this is clear.

      Great question that I really had to think about. 🙂

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