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    Correct tense for "it seems"

    I read many writings include the expressions like "it seems that", "it looks like", "it turns out...". What is the correct tense to use here, past tense or present tense?

    It turns out the issue was John who could not drive.
    or
    It turned out the issue was John who could not drive.

    It seems that most people still support the bill.
    or
    It seemed that most people still support the bill.

    It looks like the problem is not resolved yet.
    or
    It looked like the problem was not resolved yet.

    Which are the sentences with correct grammar?

    Thanks Teacher !

    -chibe

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    Re: Correct tense for "it seems"

    The tense of "seem" should indicate when the opinion was formed.
    It seemed that everyone supported the President. = We are talking about an opinion in the past.
    It seems that everyone supported the President. = We are talking about the current opinion about a past situation.
    It seems the everyone supports the Present. = We are talking about a current opinion about a current situation.

    The other verbs work the same way.

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    Re: Correct tense for "it seems"

    Quote Originally Posted by chibe_k View Post
    I read many writings which include the expressions like "it seems that", "it looks like", "it turns out...". What is the correct tense to use here, past tense or present tense?

    It turns out the issue was John who could not drive.
    It turns out the issue was John, who could not drive.
    It turns out the issue was that John could not drive.

    or
    It turned out the issue was John who could not drive.
    Same suggestions as above.

    It seems that most people still support the bill.
    or
    It seemed that most people still supported the bill.

    It looks like the problem is not resolved yet.
    or
    It looked like the problem was not resolved yet.
    It looked like the problem had not yet been resolved.

    Which are the sentences with correct grammar?

    Thanks Teacher!

    -chibe
    The previous poster has explained well that it totally depends on the timeframe of the piece of writing.

    However, I have made some amendments in red. Your first sentence, as written, didn't make sense. I have suggested two possible amendments, which have slightly different meanings but I didn't know which one you were aiming for with the original.
    I have amended the tense usage in your second example.
    I have added an extra possibility to your third example.

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