It feels as if

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Context: I'm trying to describe a moment of an important realization.

He can finally see clearly. It's as if/it feels as if/he feels as if his eyes have suddenly opened.
 

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Perhaps:

He can see clearly now for the first time.
 

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Perhaps:

He can see clearly now for the first time.


Are you sure I should remove the second part? I was planning to write the his eyes have suddenly opened part in a more poetic manner (still working on it), but first I needed to know whether I should start with It's as if or It feels as if or He feels as if.
 

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You could use any of them.
 

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I would not use the word "suddenly" there. (I suppose you could use "quickly" or "slowly" but even those seem unlikely to me.)

The word "suddenly" has the sense of something happening abruptly and unexpectedly.
 

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I would not use the word "suddenly" there. (I suppose you could use "quickly" or "slowly" but even those seem unlikely to me.)

The word "suddenly" has the sense of something happening abruptly and unexpectedly.


Can't it be a sudden realization?
 

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I would not use the word "suddenly" there. (I suppose you could use "quickly" or "slowly" but even those seem unlikely to me.)
I don't agree.
The word "suddenly" has the sense of something happening abruptly and unexpectedly.
That could well be what has happened.

I can think of several moments in my life of which I could say I felt as if my eyes had suddenly opened. I could finally the situation clearly.
 
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