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    Seem or look

    Hi i always get wrong when I use look and seem.
    1)I don't know when using either one or the other
    2)I don't know when adding looks+to be+ing or just look
    2)I don't know when adding looks as if+ing

    Could someone cross-refer me to a grammatical rule
    or could explain me here?
    Thank you in advance

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    Re: Seem or look

    This is about look. Hope it is useful:


    used to mean `seem'
    Look can also be used to mean `seem' or `appear'. When you use look like this, you use an adjective after it, not an adverb. For example, you say `She looked sad'. You do not say `She looked sadly'.
    You look very pale.
    The place looked a bit bare.
    WARNING
    You only use look to mean `seem' when talking about the appearance of something.

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    This is about 'seem":

    seem
    1 seem seems seemed
    You use seem to say that someone or something gives the impression of having a particular quality, or of happening in the way you describe.
    We heard a series of explosions. They seemed quite close by.
    Everyone seems busy except us.
    To everyone who knew them, they seemed an ideal couple.
    s50 seems a lot to pay.
    The calming effect seemed to last for about ten minutes.
    The government seems not to be troubled by its inconsistent policies on minority rights.
    It was a record that seemed beyond reach.
    The proposal seems designed to break opposition to the government's economic programme.
    It seems that the attack this morning was very carefully planned to cause few casualties.
    It seems clear that he has no reasonable alternative.
    It seemed as if she'd been gone forever.
    There seems to be a lot of support in Congress for this move.
    There seems no possibility that such action can be averted.
    This phenomenon is not as outrageous as it seems.
    V-LINK: no cont

    2 seem seems seemed
    You use seem when you are describing your own feelings or thoughts, or describing something that has happened to you, in order to make your statement less forceful.
    I seem to have lost all my self-confidence.
    I seem to remember giving you very precise instructions.
    I seemed to have contracted the stomach problem.
    Excuse me I seem to be a little bit lost.
    V-LINK: no cont vagueness

    3 seem
    If you say that you cannot seem or could not seem to do something, you mean that you have tried to do it and were unable to.
    No matter how hard I try I cannot seem to catch up on all the bills.
    Kim's mother couldn't seem to stop crying.
    PHR: PHR to-inf


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    Re: Seem or look

    Quote Originally Posted by nokiamario View Post
    Hi i always get wrong when I use look and seem.
    1)I don't know when using either one or the other
    2)I don't know when adding looks+to be+ing or just look
    2)I don't know when adding looks as if+ing

    Could someone cross-refer me to a grammatical rule
    or could explain me here?
    Thank you in advance
    Often they mean a similar thing
    1. The man looks happy. The man seems happy.
    Naturally, you only use “look” if you sense he is happy by looking at him.
    A blind person could say “The man seems happy.” if the man is always laughing.
    But the blind person wouldn’t say “The man looks happy”.
    2)
    The man looks happy = The man looks to be happy.
    The man seems happy = The man seems to be happy.

    3) The following are both right.
    The man looks as if he’s happy
    The man seems as if he’s happy.

    PS
    sembrare, parere, apparire. = to seem
    You can use “to look” in this sense – but only if you mean “by sight”
    The man seems happy = The man seems to be happy.
    L’uomo sembra felice. L’uomo sembra di essere felice. (?)
    The man seems as if he’s happy. L’uomo sembra come se lui sia felice. (?)
    The man is looking happy. L’uomo sta sembrando felice. (?)

    You can correct me if I’m wrong!

    Can you give some actual sentences that are worrying you?
    Last edited by Raymott; 17-Aug-2008 at 15:03.


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    Re: Seem or look

    PS
    sembrare, parere, apparire. = to seem
    You can use “to look” in this sense – but only if you mean “by sight”
    The man seems happy = The man seems to be happy.
    L’uomo sembra felice. L’uomo sembra essere felice.
    The man seems as if he’s happy. L’uomo sembra come se fosse felice.
    The man is looking happy. L’uomo sta sembrando felice--L'uomo sembra felice(more common).



    I really want to thank both of you (i hope this sentence and what I'm going to say is correct..correct me if i'm wrong)
    I thought that Mohammed's explanation were what most complete could exist,but after reading Raymott I have to say that you are 2very good good teachers!!!!

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    Re: Seem or look

    Quote Originally Posted by nokiamario View Post
    I really want to thank both of you (i hope this sentence and what I'm going to say is correct..correct me if i'm wrong)
    I thought that Mohammed's explanation were what most complete could exist,but after reading Raymott I have to say that you are 2very good good teachers!!!!
    Thanks! also for the corrections!

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