A participial phrase starts with a participle and is usually followed by a prepositional phrase.
- frightened by the thunder participle : frightened prepositional phrase : by the thunder
Frightened by the thunder , the boy ran to his mother.
- shivering with cold participle : shivering prepositional phrase : with cold
Shivering with cold , the princess knocked at the palace doors.
A participle may also be followed by a noun to form a participial phrase.
- wearing a leather jacket present participle : wearing noun : jacket (ask: wearing what? ans: jacket)
I saw a man, wearing a leather jacket , cross the street.
- nursing a broken heart present participle : nursing object : heart (ask: nursing what? ans: heart)
Nursing a broken heart , Elsa left the barrio.