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    Question Seem & Seem like

    Happy New Year
    Can anyone tell me the difference between "Seem" and "Seem like"with 2 or 3 examples?Thanks

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    He seems happy. (adjective)
    He seems like a happy man. (noun phrase)
    He seems to be happy. (nonfinite infinitive clause)
    He seems as if he is happy. (finite clause)
    [He seems like he is happy (informal/unacceptable; 'like'='as if')]
    It seems that he is happy. (finite clause)

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    He seems like a happy man. (noun phrase)
    Is like a preposition?


    He seems happy. (adjective)
    He seems to be happy. (nonfinite infinitive clause)
    Are they the same?


    What about?
    He seems older than his age.
    He seems to be older than his age.

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    Default Re: Seem & Seem like

    'He seems like a happy man.'
    'Like' is a preposition.


    'He seems happy.'
    'He seems to be happy.'

    'Are they the same?'-- In meaning? Essentially, yes.


    'He seems older than his age'.
    'He seems to be older than his age'.

    'What about?'-- What about what? Do they have the same meaning? Yes, they have the same meaning, but a native speaker would more likely say 'looks' rather than 'seems'.

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