miracle stories vs miraculous

Cholo234

Senior Member
American English
<<Some of the stories about it on YouTube sound like miracle stories. >>

Can I shorten the sentence to "Some of the stories about it on YouTube sound miraculous"?

One of the Word Reference definitions says that sound as a verb includes the meaning "to give a certain impression when heard or read." "His voice sounded strange."
 
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  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    We really can’t help you decide whether “miracle stories” or “miraculous“ is correct if we don’t know the context. What are the stories about? Is your comment sincere or sarcastic?
     

    Cholo234

    Senior Member
    American English
    We really can’t help you decide whether “miracle stories” or “miraculous“ is correct if we don’t know the context. What are the stories about? Is your comment sincere or sarcastic?
    Sincere. One of the stories I'm referring to is about a medical doctor in Denver, Colorado, who received a telephone call from a mother whose five-year-old daughter had been having seizures since she was six months old, and the daughter had been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called dravet syndrome. Not one of the 17 medications that had been prescribed for her had worked, to control the three hundred seizures a week that she had been having, and the mother was contemplating using a horse tranquilizer from Europe. Also, she had been reading about medical marijuana and asked the doctor if he would recommend some for her daughter. The doctor was dumbfounded and contemplated prescribing marijuana for any purpose. Somewhat reluctantly, he prescribed high CBD/low THC cannabis for the daughter and apprehensively waited to hear any results from the mother. After one week, the mother called to say that her daughter had not had any seizures during the week. The doctor said, "It's like a miracle."
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    “Like a miracle” is entirely different from “like a miracle story”. A miracle story is just a story about a miracle. The miracle itself is an unexpected/unexplained, but greatly hoped-for, event.

    Equally, it makes no sense to describe a story as miraculous. It’s the event that’s miraculous.
     
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