What part of speech is “walking” in the following example:

She left the scene, walking toward town.

  • Participial phrase. It is similar to "Walking toward town, she left the scene." – Ram Pillai Apr 13 '20 at 0:17
  • "Walking" is a verb. – BillJ Apr 13 '20 at 9:32

"Walking toward town" is an adverbial phrase, and modifies the verb "left."

"Walking" answers the question, "How did she leave town?" Therefore it is an adverb.

  • I didn't know that adverbs took complements. – tchrist Apr 13 '20 at 0:46
  • Yes, "Walking towards town" is an adjunct (your adverbial phrase), but it's a supplement not a modifier, so it's not modifying "left". – BillJ Apr 13 '20 at 9:35

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