An English teacher uses this kind of sentence:

We all know the first meaning of the word kite that is what you flew yesterday, but we also use the word meaning a kind of bird.

My confusions are:

  1. Is the phrase meaning a kind of bird is a PARTICIPIAL phrase?

  2. If it is then which subject is it qualifying-- we or kite?

Note: As it was spoken so I am not sure if there was a comma before "meaning".

Thanks in advance.


I'd say it's an adverbial "participial phrase" modifying the verb use (specifying how, the way we use the word "kite").

Note that idiomatically, most native speaker would say we use the word to mean a kind of bird.

Even though you've only heard it spoken, I'm sure you didn't hear a pause between "word" and "meaning" - in which case there's no comma (since to a first approximation that's the only reason to use commas).

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