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When everyone was seated, he suggested going around the table, with each guest telling the others about their missing children.

Source:- https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/07/06/five-hostages

When everyone was seated, he suggested going around the table, each guest telling the others about their missing children.

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  • Yes; I'd say that the adjunct in your first example can be replaced with the supplement in your second example. It would be an absolute construction by virtue of having a subject and no syntactic link to the main clause.
    – BillJ
    Commented Feb 29 at 13:13
  • I agree that they're equivalent, but the first seems more idiomatic to me.
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 29 at 21:00
  • I don't know if it's a rule, but to me the preposition version implies that he instructed each guest to tell, while the absolute version implies that the guest actions were spontaneous or automatic.
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 29 at 23:12
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    Does this answer your question? Absolute phrase with preposition (though 'absolute clause' is the modern analysis). Commented Feb 29 at 23:21
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    @EdwinAshworth Thanks, the linked question clarified my doubts Commented Mar 1 at 4:41

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