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    seem/look

    Dear teachers.

    I'd like to know the difference between (1) and (2).
    1. You seem angry.
    2. You look angry.

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    Re: seem/look

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered
    Dear teachers.

    I'd like to know the difference between (1) and (2).
    1. You seem angry.
    2. You look angry.
    You seem angry = I am not really sure whether you really are angry or not but I am under the impression that you are, possibly your body language suggests that.

    You look angry= well, there is no guessing here = you look mad, no element of doubt here.

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    Re: seem/look

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    Dear teachers.

    I'd like to know the difference between (1) and (2).
    1. You seem angry.
    2. You look angry.
    I think the words seem and look are synonyms here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I think the words seem and look are synonyms here.

    In many cases it can be but doesn't have to be.

    ex.
    son to father: You seem upset, dad.( he really doesn't know for sure, dad just appears upset)
    dad: Oh no, I am fine. I am just thinking about something and it's been on my mind for a while.

    son: you look angry dad! ( he knows he is in trouble, and YES, he can say you seem to be upset as well!)
    dad: you bet I am angry. I haven't seen you do any chores around the house in the longest time! You expect your mother to do everything for you.

    somehow seem adds a little bit of subtlety to the statement, I think.

    "seem", technically, is used when you go by the appearance of something.

    ex:

    The patient seemed to be in good health, however the blood test has revealed problems with his liver.

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    Re: seem/look

    I agree. They are not necessarily the same. But, as you illustrated, only context can really determine that.


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