I know there’s a universal agreement that an adjective clause can be reduced to an adjective phrase. However, I’d like to know whether the same rule could apply to the informal use of an adjective clause that modifies the preceding whole sentence.
I’ve noticed the similar structure keep appearing from my daily reading materials, such as “All these viruses are zoonotic, meaning that they can pass from animals to people ...“ in New Yorker or “Hungry seagulls in Italy have started hunting rats, a return to their natural predatory state that ...” in WP.
I’d like to prove my hypothesis is correct, because I haven’t found any evidence on grammar books yet.
Thanks a lot!