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Mr. Hill decided to offer the position to Henry, ………… .

  1. Having rejected his job offer by Bill
  2. Bill having rejected his job offer
  3. Bill rejecting his offer
  4. Being rejected his offer by Bill
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closed as too localized by KitFox Apr 23 '13 at 18:01

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The second option seems the most appropriate –  Armen Ծիրունյան Apr 23 '13 at 16:49
Yes it is 2 (which is an absolute construction). –  Cerberus Apr 23 '13 at 17:02
And would do better at the beginning of the construction. BTW, if it's an absolute, then why can you introduce the clause with Bill in it with after or when, salva veritate? –  John Lawler Apr 23 '13 at 17:16
Unless you can provide a broader context, including which you think is the correct choice and why, and what confuses you about this construction, I'm afraid this question is really too localized. (You can edit it to include this information, and it may be re-opened.) –  KitFox Apr 23 '13 at 18:01
@JohnLawler: The position of the absolute mostly depends on pragmatic factors, there being no real semantic difference, as you say. But what do you mean by when and after? That would be a different construction. Syntactic features like "absoluteness" don't carry over to different syntactic constructions, do they? The fact that when can be used with the pluperfect seems unrelated? –  Cerberus Apr 23 '13 at 18:08

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