noun phrase or participial phrase


Regarding this sentence found from Oxford online dictionary,


"He returned to Britain in 1939, having resided abroad for many years."


is the part following comma indeed a noun phrase, that:


"having": have + ing, changed from verb to noun

"resided": reside + ed, changed from verb to noun

"having resided abroad for many years": having resided abroad =>participial phrase;  for many years =>prepositional phrase


Are the above analysis correct?  

asked Nov 25 '11 at 06:10 CF LOK Contributor

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uhm, not sure of the third (honestly, never used the terms "participial phrase"and "prepositional phrase"; but I'm quite sure the first two analysis are not correct: neither "having" not "resided" have changed form to noun. Not to me, at least. "having resided" means "after he had resided", which is still a verbal form (he had resided).

link comment answered Nov 26 '11 at 00:15 alessandra New member

I like the new usage of the word verbal, as in pertaining to a verb, it speaks volumes. 

link comment answered Nov 29 '11 at 13:31 Joe Martinez New member

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