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Is the phrase "after contracting covid-19" acting as an adjective or adverb in the sentence below?

Unvaccinated teacher infects students after contracting COVID-19

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    Ask yourself whether "contracting COVID-19 modifies "unvaccinated teacher" or the verbal phrase "infects students".
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Aug 30, 2021 at 19:26
  • "After contracting COVID-19" is a preposition phrase functioning as a temporal adjunct in clause structure.
    – BillJ
    Commented Aug 31, 2021 at 5:12
  • @Mari-LouA It seems like it can go both ways
    – anna
    Commented Aug 31, 2021 at 18:24
  • The unvaccinated teacher contracts the virus and afterwards (time) infects the students.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented Sep 1, 2021 at 12:27

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