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    Is there a slight difference in meaning between "1" and "2"?
    1. It is as if you are lying to me
    2. It seems as if you are lying to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wowenglish1 View Post
    Is there a slight difference in meaning between "1" and "2"?
    1. It is as if you are lying to me
    2. It seems as if you are lying to me.
    I don't detect any difference.

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    The only case for using 'seems' seems to me to be if you're stressing the possibility of misinterpretation - 'It seems as if you are lying to me, but I know you wouldn't do that' - or if the interpreter needs to be identified ('It seems to me/you/him/her etc...')

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