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    participle phrases functions as an adverb

    These two statements appear in a Korean English grammar book, and I doubt the two underlined. Are they true?
    As far as I learned here, participle phrases describe not the main clause itself, but the subject of the main clause. And I doubt where 2 is from, which I can't find in any native grammar.

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    1.Participles functions as an adjective, but participle phrases functions as an adverb to describe the whole main clause.
    2.Participle phrases are a phrase that simply converts an adverb clause "Conjunction+Subject+Verb" to "V+ing" and makes a sentence brief and vivid, but is not used a lot in conversation.
    ex)When he saw me, he got so embarrassed.
    =>Seeing me, he got so embarrassed.

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    Re: participle phrases functions as an adverb

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    These two statements appear in a Korean English grammar book, and I doubt the two underlined. Are they true?
    As far as I learned here, participle phrases describe not the main clause itself, but the subject of the main clause. And I doubt where 2 is from, which I can't find in any native grammar.

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    1.Participles functions as an adjective, but participle phrases functions as an adverb to describe the whole main clause.
    2.Participle phrases are a phrase that simply converts an adverb clause "Conjunction+Subject+Verb" to "V+ing" and makes a sentence brief and vivid, but is not used a lot in conversation.
    ex)When he saw me, he got so embarrassed.
    =>Seeing me, he got so embarrassed.
    Below are two fragments from Oxford Practice Grammar by J. Eastwood, I think it's what you need.


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    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: participle phrases functions as an adverb

    Thanks a lot! The links are the ones where I saw such decompositions of participial phrases for the first time. Anyway,
    I don't know if the following is correct .

    1.Participles functions as an adjective, but participle phrases functions as an adverb to describe the whole main clause.

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    Re: participle phrases functions as an adverb

    Participles can function as adverbs: He came running.

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