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    #1

    Lightbulb seem vs seem like

    Dear teachers,
    I was puzzled by the following sentences:

    1. It seems like a reality/a fantasy.
    2. It seems a reality/a fantasy.
    3. It seems reality/fantasy.
    4. It seems real/false.

    Which one or ones sound more natural? Why?
    Are the rest incorrect or just unnatural?

    Thanks a lot.

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    #2

    Re: seem vs seem like

    #3 is incorrect, but #s 1,2 and 4 are all fine.

    #4 is unique because real is an adjective, while reality is a noun.

    As far as the difference between #1 and #2: 2 sounds a bit more formal to me.

    Perhaps other members can offer their insight!


    Best,
    In Perfect English

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    #3

    Re: seem vs seem like

    And I disagree. "Reality" is a non-count noun. This is reality. This feels like reality. You would only use "a" before it if you qualified it. A strange reality, a sobering reality, etc.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 07-May-2013 at 07:59.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: seem vs seem like

    Excuse my curiosity.

    1. He seems a teacher.
    2. He seems like a teacher.

    I guess 2 is correct while 1 is not. If this is true, what difference do you see between "It seems a fantasy." and "He seems a teacher."?

    Thanks in advance.

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