I am not the type of woman who sits home waiting for a man

I expect that the phrase "waiting for a man" functions as an adjective modifying the woman here. But sometimes, in such a case, it makes me think "waiting for a man" functions as an adverbial modifying the "sits home".

  • Shouldn't it be like"i am not the type of women who waits for a man sitting home"?
    – 오준수
    Aug 13 '15 at 8:16
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    waiting for a man is an adverbial modifying sits, home is an andverbial of location, also modifying sits. It is the woman who sits, not the man.
    – Vlammuh
    Aug 13 '15 at 8:28
  • While you might say "sits home", the more formal form would be "sits at home". This also makes the phrases in the sentence clearer because you can treat "at home" as a prepositional phrase.
    – user3169
    Aug 13 '15 at 16:00

This is a frequent pattern; the clause with the -ing form at its head complements the verb in the main clause:

He stayed home waiting for a package.

She sat in church praying for a miracle.

He stood on stage playing the trombone.

They went out searching for their dog.

He died trying.

  • What does "he died trying" mean? Does it mean,he try to die?
    – 오준수
    Aug 13 '15 at 14:56
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    It is a shortened form of "He died trying (to do something)."
    – user3169
    Aug 13 '15 at 15:57
  • "I stayed up too late at my friends flat playing video games " is it right?
    – 오준수
    Aug 13 '15 at 16:43
  • Yes, your sentence is grammatical and natural. :) Just a minor fix: at my friend's flat. Aug 13 '15 at 17:07

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