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    Is sentence correct?

    Matt was said to be picking up techniques very quickly, making him seem as though he'd been training for years.

    Is the sentence correct? Does it mean that Matt is a quick learner?

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Is sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Matt was said to be picking up techniques very quickly, making him seem as though he'd been training for years.

    Is the sentence correct? Does it mean that Matt is a quick learner?

    Many thanks.
    and

    Some people would object to 'making him seem'. If he seems, he 'should' either 'seem [adjective]', 'seem like [Noun Phrase]', or 'seem to be [adj. or NP]' [e.g. 'seem happy/seem like a professional' etc.] In all these cases, the underlying verb is 'he was...'.

    In your sentence 'it seems as though ...' would avoid this objection - but not everyone would object anyway.

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    Wink Re: Is sentence correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Matt was said to be picking up techniques very quickly, making him seem as though he'd been training for years.

    Is the sentence correct? Does it mean that Matt is a quick learner?

    Many thanks.
    A quick learner? Rather, an extremely quick learner!
    Yes, the sentence is correct in terms of both semantics and grammar.

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