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What is the grammatical rule of " fainting" in this text?

English Language Learners Asked on January 2, 2022

Julian, grasping the head of the weapon, attempted to draw it forth, but in vain – the sharp steel cut his fingers, and the pain and loss of blood caused him to fall fainting from his steed.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/16167/16167-h/16167-h.htm

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Fainting tells us more about how and why Julian falls from his horse. So it is a participle used as an adverb modifying caused him to fall.

It's a construction that English speakers use all the time:

The dog came panting into the house
The girl ran yelling out of the room.
The hounds streaked baying after the fox.

https://www.usingenglish.com/forum/threads/119710-participle-as-adverb

Answered by Ronald Sole on January 2, 2022

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