absolute phrase


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Hi ladies&gentilmen;

Is "encouraging" is an absolute phrase in the sentence ? If not, why do we need to use a comma ?

"The crushing of 5 tons ivory is the acme of stupidity.A rare commodity demands greater prices , thus encouraging more slaughter of elephants."
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  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Yes, in this case the which + -ing form refers to the whole of A rare commodity demands greater prices.

    Your "extra information" fits with the terminology of supplementary relative clause (a newer term for non-restrictive relative clause,
    e.g. I went to London's Science Museum, which is near the South Kensington tube station.).
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