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"When we learn to read, we recycle a specific region of our visual system known as the visual word-form area, enabling us to recognize strings of letters and connect them to language areas."


Q. What's the subject of "enabling" here? "the visual word-form area"? or "(our) recycling a specific region~" or something else?

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thanks3"(our) recycling a specific region~"

This is the semantically implied subject, though of course it is not an explicit grammatical subject. Very strictly speaking, in my opinion, the original sentence could be thought to be faulty in this regard, but in normal reading we would accept it.

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thanks3"When we learn to read, we recycle a specific region of our visual system known as the visual word-form area, enabling us to recognize strings of letters and connect them to language areas."Q. What's the subject of "enabling" here? "the visual word-form area"? or "(our) recycling a specific region~" or something else?

I understand that the object of the verb "recycle" is the implied subject of the non-finite clause "enabling us to recognize..." and the antecedent of the understood "which" in the implicit relative clause [which is] enabling us to recognize...

Aha, "which is" is omitted here! Yea, your inference makes a lot of sense, too.

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