What is the function/ part of speech of "welcoming many visitors" in the sentence below?

The United States is flinging its doors wide open to vaccinated international travelers on Monday, welcoming many visitors who've been shut out of the country for 20 months.

  • I'd say it's effectively just a "parallel construction" implicitly repeating the initial Subject + Verb - which could have been explicitly repeated in the context of a separate sentence: The United States is flinging its doors wide open ... on Monday. The United States is welcoming many visitors... But you might prefer to describe it as a [continuous] participial adverbial clause. Nov 7, 2021 at 17:55
  • It's category (your part of speech) is 'gerund-participial clause'. Functionally, the comma after "Monday" marks it as a supplementary adjunct, a loosely attached expression set off by intonation and (here) punctuation presenting supplementary non-integrated content.
    – BillJ
    Nov 7, 2021 at 18:29


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