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# "poached, then smuggled" as a compound absolute clause

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Hello. Could anyone please explain what actually is a compound absolute clause according to this sentence " Over the past decade, as much as four-fifths of that ivory has been of illegal origin -- poached, then smuggled." ?

I was told that " ivory is a subject and " poached, then smuggled " is a compound absolute clause that modifies "ivory" . Is absolute clause another name of absolute phrase? I only heard of absolute phrase. Besides, from my understanding ,a subordinate clause should also have a sentence structure as subject and verb. According to this " poached, then smuggled" , I can simply see it as either verb or phrase.

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Hello. Could anyone please explain what actually is a compound absolute clause according to this sentence " Over the past decade, as much as four-fifths of that ivory has been of illegal origin -- poached, then smuggled." ?

I was told that " ivory is a subject and " poached, then smuggled " is a compound absolute clause that modifies "ivory" . Is absolute clause another name of absolute phrase? I only heard of absolute phrase. Besides, from my understanding ,a subordinate clause should also have a sentence structure as subject and verb. According to this " poached, then smuggled" , I can simply see it as either verb or phrase.

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IMO "poached, then smuggled" is a modifier modifying the noun ivory. It can not be a verb as it is not denoting any action done by the subject ivory. These are simply ed-modifier / past participle. Simply we can call it noun modifier.
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