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nominative absolute

noun, Grammar
a construction consisting in English of a noun, noun phrase, or pronoun in the nominative case followed by a predicate lacking a finite verb, used as a loose modifier of the whole sentence, as the play done in The play done, the audience left the theater.
Origin of nominative absolute
1835-45; by analogy with ablative absolute Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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