What is an Absolute Phrase? - Definition & Example


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Identify the absolute phrase in the following sentence: Heart pounding, I sat down and waited for the doctor.

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1. Which of the following uses an absolute phrase correctly?

2. An absolute phrase must have what two elements?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

See if you can identify the characteristics of absolute phrases. On this quiz/worksheet series, you'll be assessed on your knowledge of the elements of an absolute phrase and an example sentence that has an absolute phrase.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

With these assessments, you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • The absolute phrase in the sentence 'Hands shaking, I sat down to take the test'
  • Components of these phrases
  • Example sentences that have an absolute phrase
  • Correct usage of an absolute phrase

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about example sentence that have an absolute phrase
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding absolute phrases
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of absolute phrases to determine the correct usage

Additional Learning

Explore more related to absolute phrases by watching the lesson titled What is an Absolute Phrase? - Definition & Example. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review the differences between a phrase and a clause
  • Identify what a participle is
  • Learn about how a modifier or object can be added to absolute phrases
  • Explain how absolute phrases can be omitted and if they are necessary