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1. In search of the absolute

Where should one go to find the “ablative absolute”?

A) A book of Latin grammar
B) A film by visionary German director Fritz Lang
C) An Irish monastery
D) A plastic surgeon

Your answer — C) An Irish monastery — was incorrect.

The ablative is one of the six “cases” that can be applied to a noun or adjective in Latin (the others: nominative, vocative, accusative, genitive and dative). The ablative absolute construction is a Latin idiom based on a noun and a participle (verbal adjective), both in the ablative case. For a strikingly clear explanation of the ablative absolute, with examples, try this link.

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