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    Hello!

    I came across this sentence the other day: "Seeing them now, it's like a miracle." However, would it be correct to say "Seeing them now is like a miracle"? Is the "it's" needed and if so, why? Is it because of the comma? Thanks

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    Re: it's and is when using a comma

    Quote Originally Posted by cookie201 View Post
    Hello!

    I came across this sentence the other day: "Seeing them now, it's like a miracle." However, would it be correct to say "Seeing them now is like a miracle"? Is the "it's" needed and if so, why? Is it because of the comma? Thanks
    Yes, both versions are OK. The "it's" is there because it provides a subject and a verb for the clause.

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    Re: it's and is when using a comma

    It's not same same meaning.

    Something "is miraculous." I don't know what. But seeing "them" confirmed how miraculous it was.

    In your version, it's the acting of seeing them that is miraculous.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: it's and is when using a comma

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    It's not same same meaning.

    Something "is miraculous." I don't know what. But seeing "them" confirmed how miraculous it was.

    In your version, it's the acting of seeing them that is miraculous.
    In both versions, their just being alive may be the miracle.

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    Re: it's and is when using a comma

    OK! Thank you so much for you answers

    Yes, I understand that in my version the act of seeing them is miraculous, and that's exactly what I was trying to say. Still, I don't really understand how the first one is different from my version I think I see the difference, but I'm not very sure. Does something similar happen with these two sentences, for example?

    Now it's my turn
    Now's my turn

    Thank you :)

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    Re: it's and is when using a comma

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    OK! Thank you so much for you answers

    Yes, I understand that in my version the act of seeing them is miraculous, and that's exactly what I was trying to say. Still, I don't really understand how the first one is different from my version I think I see the difference, but I'm not very sure. Does something similar happen with these two sentences, for example?

    Now it's my turn
    Now's my turn

    Thank you :)
    I didn't see much difference in your first examples, and I see no difference in these.

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    Oh, OK, I see now. Thank you so much

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    Re: it's and is when using a comma

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie201 View Post
    Still, I don't really understand how the first one is different from my version
    As far as I'm concerned,
    "Seeing them now is like a miracle"
    can only mean that you did not expect to see them right at the moment of speaking.
    Perhaps you thought them dead, perhaps you thought them far away, which is why you are surprised.

    Whereas with
    "Seeing them now, it's like a miracle",
    literally anything could be "like a miracle" and seeing them the way they currently are contradicts an assumption you had previously made.
    E.g: "I never thought they would make up. Seeing them now, it's like a miracle."
    Here, "it" could - for instance - refer to their having a cup of tea together and not "seeing them" but "seeing them have a cup of tea together" seems like a miracle.

    However, I would like to have that confirmed just as much as you do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by User1291 View Post
    However, I would like to have that confirmed just as much as you do.
    These examples are what Barb_D was referring to in her post.

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