Following the meeting, we all had a chat.

In the above sentence, what is Following used as. Is it a adjective or preposition or both? Also,is following the meeting a prepositional phrase or participle phrase? Is there any way to identify it?

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    It can't be both, obviously! "Following" is a preposition here, with a meaning similar to "after". Since the expression has a prep as head, it must be a preposition phrase, functioning as a temporal adjunct.
    – BillJ
    Commented Jan 30, 2021 at 14:18

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Following in this case is a preposition making "Following the meeting" a prepositional phrase. It shows the relationship between the meeting and the chat. It shows that the chat happened after the meeting.

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