Grammar structure of "seeing is believing"


I understand the meaning if the saying Seeing is believing , but what I do not understand is its sentence structure. :shock: I mean, which part of speech is believing ?

Why not “Seeing is believed”?

Could you please give me a few examples like the sentence "Seeing is believing "?


Hi Tom

As I see it, both “-ing words” in “Seeing is believing” are gerunds, so in that sense, you could say that “Today is Sunday” is a similar structure.

Or you could look at the “Seeing is believing” structure as simply meaning “Doing this is the same as doing that.”

Here are some similarly balanced short sentences:

To see is to believe
– or –
To know her is to love her”.
– or –
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