is this text:

"does the meaning of a song change depending on who wrote it?"

is "depending" an adverb modifying "change" in this case?

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It is the -ing form of a verb. This is often called a "participle", and this participle heads the phrase "depending on who wrote it".

Participle phrases can act as modifiers in sentences, in a similar way to adverbs. But it is not correct to say that it is an adverb.

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