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The present article offers a corpus-based analysis of the diachronic development of the usage profiles of three adverbial non-finite clauses in Modern English: the free adjunct, the verbal gerund and the absolute construction. By treating present-participial adverbial clauses and adverbial gerunds as part of a single adverbialing-clause network, this article sheds new light on the different semantic and functional-pragmatic factors motivating the formal variation within theing-clause network.doi:10.1017/s1360674315000258 fatcat:2aa5d5ajprc4reeoulyznh374a