Is ‘being’ omitted in certain participle clauses and absolute constructions?

In literature (particularly fiction), there will often be examples of supplementary adjectives and absolute constructions in which a participle isn’t present. My question boils down to how we analyse such passages. My instinct tells me that the present participle ‘being’ has been omitted; however, it has been difficult to find sufficient evidence that supports my assumption.

These are some examples I have invented:

His face [being] bloody, he entered the room.

[Being] Bloody and sore, he entered the room.

For real-life literary examples, please see the following two extracts (from Red Seas under Red Skies and a Dishonored novel):

… shouted Locke, [being] unable to disguise his mirth, ….

Her body, [being] lithe and athletic, ….


[1] [His face bloody], he entered the room.

[2] [Bloody and sore], he entered the room.

The bracketed element in [1] is a supplementary adjunct, more specifically the verbless analogue of the absolute clause in "[His face being bloody], he entered the room".

The bracketed element in [2] is also a supplement, but it is not a verbless clause. Rather, it is an adjective phrase in predicative function with "he" as predicand. Compare "bloody and sore" as predicative complement in "He was [bloody and sore]".

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