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    Preparatory it and Gerund

    Please advise me which sentence is more natural and why it is.

    (A) Seeing you here is so strange and wonderful.
    (B) It's so strange and wonderful seeing you here.

    (A) Going out this evening is out of the question.
    (B) It is out of the question going out this evening.

    (A) Jim's doing that was wrong.
    (B) It was wrong Jim's doing that.

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    Re: Preparatory it and Gerund

    (A) Seeing you here is so strange and wonderful.
    (B) It's so strange and wonderful seeing you here.

    (A) Going out this evening is out of the question.
    (B) It is out of the question going out this evening. Don't like this one, but in a discourse, it is ok. On its own it sounds a bit funny.

    (A) Jim's doing that was wrong.
    (B) It was wrong Jim's doing that.
    The rest seem ok, maybe a comma here or there might improve things somewhat.


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    Re: Preparatory it and Gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Pedroski View Post
    The rest seem,
    What is the grammatical subject in this sentence? Is it plural or singular? Is it in agreement with the plural form of 'seem'?
    Have you formed a liking to the idea of notional concord, Pedro?

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    Re: Preparatory it and Gerund

    Very good, I see I shall have fun with you! You got me there!

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