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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
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.
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 :)
Oh, OK, I see now. Thank you so much
(not a teacher)
"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.
"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.