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    what is the difference

    what is the difference between these two sentences
    1) it appears simpler 2) it appears to be simpler
    thanks

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    Re: what is the difference

    Quote Originally Posted by ssendur
    what is the difference between these two sentences
    1) it appears simpler 2) it appears to be simpler
    thanks
    They pretty much mean the same thing to me. "to be" is often omitted, especially if it sits between a linking verb (e.g., appear) and an adjective (e.g., simple).

    EX: It appears simple, enough.
    EX: It appears to be simple, enough.

    "to be" is also a linking verb, so having two linking verbs in one sentence makes "to be" redundant. That's why it's often omitted.

    EX: It seems to be cloudy, today.
    EX: It seems cloudy, today.

    Though, change the adjective to a verbal (e.g., rainy => raining) and "to be" is required:

    EX: It seems to be raining.
    EX: *It seems raining. (ungrammatical)

    All the best.

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    Re: what is the difference

    looking at the way you write i think you are a female, is that true?
    thank you so much for the informations

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