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    While the personal nature of happiness makes it difficult to describe, there do seem

    "While the personal nature of happiness makes it difficult to describe, there do seem to be some common needs that we all share with regard to experiencing or achieving happiness"

    Hi,
    What kind of structure is the above one? If I were, I would write the underlined part as "there seems to be". Because I have seen structure like this; "there has to be". Can you explain to me why it is "seem" there? I know it is not wrong but I just want to know how it happens.

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    Re: While the personal nature of happiness makes it difficult to describe, there do s

    'Some common needs seem to be there.'
    'There seem to be some common needs.'
    'Needs' is plural, so 'seem' should be used.

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    Re: While the personal nature of happiness makes it difficult to describe, there do s

    I see. So it all depends on the verb. Now my problem is solved. Thank you.

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    Re: While the personal nature of happiness makes it difficult to describe, there do s

    Quote Originally Posted by UM Chakma View Post
    What kind of structure is the above one?
    As the verb comes before the subject, it should be an inverted sentence.

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