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    it's these

    "althouhg it's these ordinary citizens who are left holding the bag when the loan comes due." (B. Obama - The Audacity of Hope)

    It's -> singular
    these -> plural

    I don't understand the construction above, it seems to be contradictory. Is it correct? Why? Why not "although they are ordinary citizens who are ... " ?

    I searched in the internet the following similar sentences:

    " It's these types of games that make you love Baseball, and for that matter, any competitive sport."
    "But it's these threads that leave my head spinning."

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    Re: it's these

    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    "althouhg it's these ordinary citizens who are left holding the bag when the loan comes due." (B. Obama - The Audacity of Hope)

    It's -> singular
    these -> plural

    I don't understand the construction above, it seems to be contradictory. Is it correct? Why? Why not "although they are ordinary citizens who are ... " ?

    I searched in the internet the following similar sentences:

    " It's these types of games that make you love Baseball, and for that matter, any competitive sport."
    "But it's these threads that leave my head spinning."
    Yes, it's correct. It is a topic marker. There is no plural form.
    In the examples you've found, you can leave out the "It's ... that ..."
    "These threads leave my head spinning".

    "What leaves my head spinning is these threads". This is another use of a singular topic marker - "What ... ". In this case, you could also use 'are' with it.
    A: What leaves your head spinning? Not What leave your head spinning?
    B: It is these threads.
    Not They are these threads. But
    B: These threads are what leave my head spinning. OK
    B: It is these threads that leave my head spinning. OK

    In announcing a topic, you can say:
    It is penguins that I want to talk about today.
    It is these people who are affected.
    But
    There are three things I want to talk about today.
    NOT
    It is
    three things I want to talk about today.

    I'm not surprised that you are confused.

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    Re: it's these

    Allow me to add another point: It is an emphatic construction for the use of "It is" in such instances.
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