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Was is another word that can replace was, be, is, are, and were?
In this sense, there are certain verbs that can function in the same way. These are verbs like: seem, look, feel,..etc.
Consider the following examples:
He is tired. / He seems to be tired.He seems tired.
He was angry. / He looked angry.
It is soft. / It feels soft.
I hope that I understood what you meant by your question and that I was of any help.
In the meantime, my guess is that (s)he is looking for words that can replace the various forms of the verb to be.
eg, He (was)(served as)(acted as) the chairman of the meeting.
Last edited by 2006; 20-Oct-2010 at 06:31.
He is tired. / He seems to be tired. He seems tired. not really the same meaning
He was angry. / He looked angry. not really the same meaning
It is soft. / It feels soft. pretty much the same meaning
Last edited by 2006; 20-Oct-2010 at 06:38.
The first sentence of all three pairs presents the situation described by the adjective as a fact. The second presents it as how it is perceived by one of the senses.[/QUOTE]
But if you actually feel something and it feels soft, you can legitimately say it is soft.
On the other hand, "seems" and "looked" are not as definte. At least, that's how I see it.
On the other hand, "seems" and "looked" are not as definte. At least, that's how I see it. [/QUOTE]
It feels soft, but it isn't really,
seem = appear (to most of the senses)
look = appear (to the eye)
sound = appear (to the ear)
taste = appear (to the tongue)
feel = appear (to the fingers, etc)
It feels soft, but it isn't really,[/QUOTE]
I think that's a very odd sentence. How else would one decide if it is or isn't soft?