Results 1 to 3 of 3
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 104
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #1

    look/apprear/seem miserable

    I'm terribly sorry for the continuous questions. You know, it takes me a long way to the town center of my province in Vietnam to access the Internet!

    The original sentence in my teacher's book is:
    She had been looking rather miserable recently and they wondered what might have happened to her.
    I wonder if I replace looking with seeming or appearing, is the sentence still correct?
    And I still don't know why looking can be continuous? I've been taught that look never has the continuous form if it is followed by an adjective.

    I hope to receive answers from you soon. Thank you.
    ngoc_lan

  1. 5jj's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Czech Republic

    • Join Date: Oct 2010
    • Posts: 28,167
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #2

    Re: look/apprear/seem miserable

    Quote Originally Posted by ngoc_lan View Post
    She had been looking rather miserable recently and they wondered what might have happened to her.
    I wonder if I replace looking with seeming or appearing, is the sentence still correct?
    'Seeming' sounds unnatural to me; 'appearing' is possible, but I prefer 'looking'.
    And I still don't know why looking can be continuous? I've been taught that look never has the continuous form if it is followed by an adjective. You were taught incorrectly. An appearance/ a look can be of limited duration; if it is, then the continuous form is appropriate.
    5

    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Student or Learner
      • Native Language:
      • Vietnamese
      • Home Country:
      • Vietnam
      • Current Location:
      • Vietnam

    • Join Date: Dec 2011
    • Posts: 104
    • Post Thanks / Like
    #3

    Re: look/apprear/seem miserable

    Thanks a lot.

Similar Threads

  1. [Vocabulary] miserable sod
    By maiabulela in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 30-Jun-2011, 22:32
  2. I want to be Miserable
    By fayaz_3e in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 16-Sep-2010, 14:51
  3. "Miserable weather"?
    By maral55 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 04-Jun-2009, 16:27

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •