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seem

verb [I + adv/prep, L]     /siːm/
B1 to give the effect of being; to be judged to be: He's 16, but he often seems (to be) younger. The children seemed (as if/as though/like they were) tired. I suspect his claims are not all they seem - he tends to exaggerate. Things are seldom as/how/what they seem. [+ to infinitive] I seem to know more about him than anyone else. They seem to be taking a long time to decide. [+ (that)] It seems (that) she can't come. It seems to me (that) (= I think that) he isn't the right person for the job.formal It would seem (that) we need to be at the airport two hours before take-off. There seems to have been a mistake - my name isn't on the list. [after so] "There's no reply - they've all gone home." "So it seems." "Was a decision made?" "It seems not/so."Seeming and purporting to beFaking and pretending Grammar:Appear or seem?We mostly use appear to talk about facts and events. We use seem to talk about facts, but also to talk about personal feelings and ideas. Seem is often used with a noun:See moreGrammar:Seem + to-infinitiveWe can use seem with a to-infinitive:See moreGrammar:SeemSeem means ‘appear in a particular way’. We can use it as a linking verb (like be) or with a to-infinitive. We do not normally use seem in the continuous form:See moreGrammar:Seem as a linking verbSeem as a linking verb is followed by an adjective or, less commonly, a noun:See more
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