I have come across the following sentence but it doesn't quite sound right.
Absent additional configuration, permits will be distributed at a fixed rate.
Is the first part of the sentence correct?
If not, then what is a good way of phrasing it?
closed as general reference by MετάEd, onomatomaniak, Matt E. Эллен♦, tchrist, Hellion Apr 17 '13 at 15:11
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The word absent here functions as a preposition. This is not very common in British English but it appears to be a lot more common in American English.