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Can anyone help with an explanation of this structure

 
 
mannyg
 
Wed 23 May, 2018 10:57 am
Hi folks,
There is a sentence that I can't understand in terms of the grammatical rationale. I understand the meaning but not the rule:

"Now found only in Central and South America, the jaguar used to roam freely in the southwestern United States."

What is that first phrase? Why doesn't it have its own subject?
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InfraBlue
 
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Wed 23 May, 2018 10:52 pm
@mannyg,
It's an adverbial phrase, as such, it is modifying the proceeding sentence which contains the subject "jaguar."
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PUNKEY
 
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Fri 25 May, 2018 05:15 am
I think it’s an adjective. It describes the subject of the sentence: jaguar.

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