accusative absolute


Definition of accusative absolute

1 : a construction in German consisting of a noun in the accusative case joined with a predicate that does not include a finite verb and usually capable of being construed as the modifier of the principal verb in its sentence (as den hut in der hand in den hut in der hand ging er ins haus “hat in hand he went into the house”)
2 : a construction in English, especially colloquial English, consisting of a pronoun in the accusative case joined with a predicate that does not include a finite verb and otherwise identical with the nominative absolute (as him being my friend in “him being my friend, I granted his request”)

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First Known Use of accusative absolute

1830, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Accusative absolute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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