Here is a sentence:

Er blieb wie angewurzelt stehen.

I get the overall meaning of the phrase. However, for the sake of having a better command over its usage, I would like to know what sentence member "wie angewurzelt" is. Is it an adverbial of manner or an ellipsis of a Nebensatz?

  • Related: german.stackexchange.com/questions/67806/…
    – RHa
    Jul 26 at 18:07
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    Routinely querying a decent dictionary might also help, see DWDS. If it does not, it will at least assist in better targeting the question.
    – guidot
    Jul 26 at 19:18
  • @guidot - DWDS happens to have a separate entry for "wie angewurzelt".
    – RDBury
    Jul 26 at 20:46

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It's an implicit comparison in place of a modal adverbial. You could simplify it as

Er bliebt angewurzelt stehen.

but that would mean that he grew roots for real and not just metaphorically. That item angewurzelt is a Partizip II and participles work like adjectives so they can modify verbs directly as in this example.

But you may also use wie angewurzelt as a floating modal adverbial as in the following example:

Er blieb in dem Moment wie angewurzelt an seinem Platz stehen.

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