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    you seemed angry, are you?

    you seemed angry, are you?
    Is it a suitable question tag?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkncD9mhvE4
    The question is at 01.42.
    By the way, do you think it is a good YouTube channel to learn English?
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    Re: you seemed angry, are you?

    The sentence is at 1:22. It's incorrect. The question isn't a tag question. The text should read You seem angry. Are you?
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    Re: you seemed angry, are you?

    The only possible question tag is "You seem angry, don't you?" As GoesStation has showed you, the words used in your original post must be separated into a statement and a follow-up question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: you seemed angry, are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    The sentence is at 1:22.
    Yes, you are right.
    It's incorrect. The question isn't a tag question.
    So what kind of question is it?
    The text should read You seem angry. Are you?
    The sentence is seemed not seem.
    Is it to say 'you seem angry. Are you?'
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    Re: you seemed angry, are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    The only possible question tag is "You seem angry, don't you?" As GoesStation has showed you, the words used in your original post must be separated into a statement and a follow-up question.
    Do you mean' You seemed angry. Are you angry?'
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    You seemed angry. Were you angry?
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    Re: you seemed angry, are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by abo.omar View Post
    Do you mean' You seemed angry. Are you angry?'

    You changed tenses, so these are more likely:

    - You seemed angry. Are you still angry?

    - You seemed angry then. Are you angry now?


    or You seemed angry. Were you angry?

    That's grammatical but not conversational. We would not repeat angry. It's understood.
    Are you asking whether tenses matter?

    They do.
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    Re: you seemed angry, are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by abo.omar View Post
    do you think it is a good YouTube channel to learn English?
    Leaving the awful seem/seemed error aside, and the misidentification of a question tag, and the incorrect written form of the utterance, I'll point out that there's an unforgivable error right at the very beginning, 0:17. He says "... take the picture at this angle" where it says on the screen "take the picture in this angle". I wouldn't recommend somebody who doesn't feel it necessary to proofread his work for egregious errors before publishing it.

    Quote Originally Posted by abo.omar View Post
    The sentence is seemed not seem.
    No, it's seem. The person writing the text has mistakenly written the wrong form.

    So no, I don't think it's a good resource to use. I think you should stop watching it immediately.

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    Re: you seemed angry, are you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Are you asking whether tenses matter?

    They do.
    Now, it is clear.
    It was he who wrote it seem.
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    Re: you seemed angry, are you?

    Hi, Abo!

    I looked at some of the video. His pronunciation is very good. That's his strength.

    However, his punctuation is bad, and he's sometimes guilty of poor word choice. He does not always use the right preposition, and he's not totally fluent in usage. For instance, we would never call someone a basketball athlete. We'd say basketball player.
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    Re: you seemed angry, are you?

    I apologise for my earlier error, where I used "seem" instead of "seemed". The question tag for the correct word would be "You seemed angry, didn't you?" It's not a natural utterance because using "seem(ed)" indicates that it's a subjective statement in which the speaker is the one who thought the other person was angry. Following it with "didn't you?" is asking the other person to agree with the speaker's subjective view.
    It would be more natural to say "You seemed angry. Were you?" As you can see, though, that is not a question tag. It's statement and a follow-up question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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