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    Adjective/Adverb?

    Peter writhed in pain, bleeding badly after the operation.

    Is bleeding badly after the operation an adjective or an adverb phrase?

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    Re: Adjective/Adverb?

    Adjective. It describes Peter.

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    Re: Adjective/Adverb?

    But bleeding badly after the operation answers the question why Peter writhed in pain.

    Since adverbs answer why, should bleeding badly after the operation not be an adverb phrase?

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    Re: Adjective/Adverb?

    No. It describes Peter.

    Also, people don't hurt because they are bleeding. The hurt from whatever caused the bleeding in the first place. It was a very poor surgeon indeed if he was bleeding after the operation.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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