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    allowing astronauts to float around

    Which do you think is the subject of "allowing"? "this condition" or "a spacecraft" or the whole previous sentence "a spacecraft goes into freefall as it orbits the Earth"? Whichever it is, there seems to be little difference. but don't native speakers get confused at this?

    24)Being an astronaut isn't easy. It takes a lot of training and hard work. But there's one thing everyone who travels into space can enjoy : weightlessnes. Also known as microgravity, this condition occurs when a spacecraft goes into freefall as it orbits the Earth, allowing astronauts to float around as if they were balloons...

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    Re: allowing astronauts to float around

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Which do you think is the subject of "allowing"? "this condition" or "a spacecraft" or the whole previous sentence "a spacecraft goes into freefall as it orbits the Earth"? Whichever it is, there seems to be little difference. but don't native speakers get confused at this?

    24)Being an astronaut isn't easy. It takes a lot of training and hard work. But there's one thing everyone who travels into space can enjoy : weightlessnes. Also known as microgravity, this condition occurs when a spacecraft goes into freefall as it orbits the Earth, allowing astronauts to float around as if they were balloons...
    You need another s in weightlessness. In your sentence, "allowing" is not a verb, and therefore it has no subject. "Allowing" is a present participle (verbal) acting as a modifier. I don't think most native speakers spend much time thinking about parts of speech in the sentences they write and speak.

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