As the sentence says, "I called her and said I was sorry." When this sentence is changed to "I called her, saying I was sorry," does the participle part, "saying I was sorry" have an adjective or adverbial function?
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"I called her, saying I was sorry."
The underlined clause is an adjunct in clause structure and therefore adverbial (not adjectival), but it is a depictive adjunct giving descriptive information about the subject "I". Note that it is interpreted with progressive aspectuality: "I was saying sorry".
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Since it modifies the subject "I", why isn't the clause an adjectival?
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