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    Question Meaning of "they appeared better qualified"?

    I received a letter telling me that I was not selected for a job after an interview. In that letter it is written "the other candidates appeared better qualified".

    I would like to know the meaning of "appeared" in this context? Is ambiguity/ double meaning in the word "appeared" possible in this sentence?

    To me the meaning of "appeared" here could be equivalent to "seemed" or "the impression given". Is that correct? Or can it mean "other candidates" came out" better qualified?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Meaning of "they appeared better qualified"?

    It is a polite way of saying were; it gives the idea that this was an impression rather than a fact. We often use indirect language in such situations.

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