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So we took our time getting back, [him telling me how glad he was that he'd been able to give the woman what she deserved]. The verb "telling" is non-finite so it's a subordinate clause, here functioning as an adjunct. Since it has a subject, "him", it is, more specifically, an 'absolute' construction, one that has no syntactic link to ...


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So we took our time getting back, John telling me how glad he was that he'd been able to give the woman what she deserved. Substituting a noun for the pronoun here shows that this is an absolute construction (here, the semantic relationship with the main clause being perhaps mere synchronicity, though arguably causal). So we took our time getting back, ...


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