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  1. Key Member
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    seemed/looked +ing

    Are these sentences correct:

    1-The horizon seemed lightening up.
    2-The horizon looked lightening up.
    (It seemed as if the horizon was lightening up.)

    3-The horizon seemed turning a paler blue.
    4-The horizon looked turning a paler blue.
    (It seemed like the horizon was turning a paler blue.)

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    Re: seemed/looked +ing

    No, these sentences are not correct. Here's what you should say:

    The horizon seemed TO BE lightening up.

    The horizon looked TO BE lightening up.

    Add TO BE for the last sentences as well.

    Also, I would use 'seemed' rather than 'looked' in all these sentences.

  2. Key Member
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    Re: seemed/looked +ing

    not a teacher

    The phrase 'looked to be' does not sound right.

  3. bhaisahab's Avatar
    Retired English Teacher
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    Re: seemed/looked +ing

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    It is a common term in the US.
    It's common enough in the UK as well.


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