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Hi Laverinio,

While I‘m not quite sure of the meaning of these words in bold as I don’t think “please” can be a noun, it still looks like a past participle clause. Interestingly, some textbooks in my city (Hong Kong) call it a “past participle phrase” but generally more authoritative grammar reference books call it a “past participle clause”. So I’d go for “clause” in my understanding and teaching.

The concept in question should be whether the participle (i.e. “unconcerned” in your case) is considered a verb. A verb makes a clause; without a verb, it’s a phrase.

Hello, Laverinio, and welcome to the Grammar Exchange.

@Laverinio posted:

The dog barked at the postman, unconcerned by its master's please for silence.

Where have you taken this sentence from? Please refer to Guidelines (4) and (5), to which there is a link in the toolbar at the top of the page. Thank you.

"Please" is an interjection, so my first guess is that it should be between quotes to indicate what the dog's master actually said.

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