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    The earliest complete calendars were probably

    The earliest complete calendars were probably based on lunar observations. But lunar years were not convenient for agricultural purposes. Therefore, to keep in step with the Sun, lunar-solar calendars were formed by adding an additional "leap" month when the observation of crops made it seem necessary.


    Why do we use seem here? Doesn't it suffice to say only: made it necessary ? What's the usage of seem here?

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    Re: The earliest complete calendars were probably

    There is natural variation in nature. The trees don't bud on the same date every year. The grass doesn't start growing on the same date. The June bugs sometimes come in May.

    They could observe nature and make adjustments when it seemed necessary. They could not know for sure.

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    Re: The earliest complete calendars were probably

    I think in your example we can't leave out seem. But what about my example? Is it possible?

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    Re: The earliest complete calendars were probably

    Quote Originally Posted by Freeguy View Post
    I think in your example we can't leave out seem. But what about my example? Is it possible?
    To the people of Europe it seemed that there would never be another war. There were, in fact, more wars. Just because a thing seems to be true doesn't mean that it is true. A leap year seemed to be necessary. Whether or not it was necessary is not proven.

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    Re: The earliest complete calendars were probably

    Grammatically, you could leave "seem" out of your original sentence.

    I was explaining why they put the word in there.

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