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Ablative absolute. The "ablative absolute" is one of the distinctive features of Latin style. It is a very commonly used construction in Latin, and you need to make sure you are famliar with the ablative absolute if you want to read Latin comfortably. Here are some webpages to help you review the ablative absolute construction:
An important strategy in dealing with an ablative absolute clause is to treat it as if it were a sentence of its own, substituting a finite verb for the participle.
Ablative of description (also called "Ablative of quality"). The ablative can be used to express the quality of something. Note also that the genitive case can also be used to express something quite similar (see "Genitive of description").
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