I've got an excerpt from a book here and I want to know what kind of grammatical construction this is:

He set off for the stairs with the others trailing after him.

I want to research it, but I don't know what it's called.

Thanks in advance.


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This is what is known as a participial phrase, which consists of a participle (a verb functioning as an adjective ["trailing" in this case, modifying "others"]) and its modifiers (the prepositional phrase "after him").

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