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    Confusing words

    Help me please.
    Is it correct to say it:
    I cannot appear to make her notice the events ?

    Is it possible to use seem or any other word which makes sense in this phrase instead of appear ?

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    Re: Confusing words

    Do you mean "let"?

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    Re: Confusing words

    Quote Originally Posted by lucas_araujo_22 View Post
    Is it correct to say it:
    I cannot appear to make her notice the events ?

    Is it possible to use "seem" or any other word which makes sense in this phrase instead of "appear"?
    "Appear" doesn't sound natural to me; "seem" is fine.

    I can't seem to make her notice the events has a similar meaning to It seems that I can't make her notice the events.

    Your particular example is in itself not very natural. We 'notice things' or 'pay attention to events', in my opinion.

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