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    Chinese English Test Choice Question (3)

    There seem few movies by Hitchcock ________(that/which) can interest her.

    The given answer is [that]. My teacher said that the word 'few' made the difference. Is that really so? Thank you.

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    Re: Chinese English Test Choice Question (3)

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    There seem few movies by Hitchcock ________(that/which) can interest her.

    The given answer is [that]. My teacher said that the word 'few' made the difference. Is that really so? Thank you.
    1) I don't see how the word "few" can have any effect.

    2) This sentence is not grammatically correct using either "that" or which":

    There seem few movies by Hitchcock that can interest her.
    There seem few movies by Hitchcock which can interest her.

    I can only assume it should be:

    There seem to be few Hitchcock movies which interest her.

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    Re: Chinese English Test Choice Question (3)

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    1) I don't see how the word "few" can have any effect.

    2) This sentence is not grammatically correct using either "that" or which":

    There seem few movies by Hitchcock that can interest her.
    There seem few movies by Hitchcock which can interest her.

    I can only assume it should be:

    There seem to be few Hitchcock movies which interest her.

    I see. We should use the structure 'there seem to be noun (plural)' or 'there seems to be noun (singular)'.
    However, he seems very happy/he seems to be very happy are both ok, right? But in there seem structure, the 'to be' cannot be dropped. Am I understanding the grammar rule right?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Chinese English Test Choice Question (3)

    **Neither a teacher nor a native speaker.**

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    1) I don't see how the word "few" can have any effect.

    2) This sentence is not grammatically correct using either "that" or which":

    There seem few movies by Hitchcock that can interest her.
    There seem few movies by Hitchcock which can interest her.

    I can only assume it should be:

    There seem to be few Hitchcock movies which interest her.
    I agree with your first two points, but I dislike the version you suggest.
    What about:
    There seem to be only few Hitchcock movies that interest her.

    Only is an option, but I cannot understand why you insist on using which.
    (I don't say which is wrong, though.)

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    I see. We should use the structure 'there seem to be noun (plural)' or 'there seems to be noun (singular)'.
    However, he seems very happy/he seems to be very happy are both ok, right? But in there seem structure, the 'to be' cannot be dropped. Am I understanding the grammar rule right?

    Thank you.
    I'm sure you're right.
    He seems very happy.
    They seem very happy.
    He seems to be very happy.
    They seem to be very happy.
    There seem few movies. - no
    There seem to be few movies.


    This is my opinion.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Chinese English Test Choice Question (3)

    Quote Originally Posted by LiuJing View Post
    I see. We should use the structure 'there seem to be noun (plural)' or 'there seems to be noun (singular)'.
    However, he seems very happy/he seems to be very happy are both ok, right? But in there seem structure, the 'to be' cannot be dropped. Am I understanding the grammar rule right?

    Thank you.
    It strikes me as poor grammar to drop 'to be' as well. Also, I agree 'few' makes little difference. I would use 'that' however as well. At least that's right. Which usually introduces information that's quite different in nature.

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