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    • Join Date: Aug 2008
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    seems and looked

    Hello,I just wanted to ask about these two words 'seems' and 'looked',do they have the same meaning?

    Can i use these two words in this sentence?

    You seem so tired.
    You look so tired.

    Sorry for my bad english,and really appreciate your help.

  1. Brian Boyd's Avatar

    • Join Date: Dec 2005
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    Re: seems and looked

    They're pretty much the same in your two example sentences.

    The difference is 'You look tired' is an opinion based on what you can see, whereas 'You seem tired' can include other clues. For example, maybe the person you are taking to is visibly tired, but is also talking in a voice that sounds tired. Or maybe their mood tells you that they're tired.

    You look tired ... I can see it.

    You seem tired ... I can see/hear/feel it.

    Also, I think seem is used when we aren't so certain. If I say 'You look tired', this means I have very obvious evidence. When I look at you, I think you need to rest.

    I'd use 'seem' when I get the feeling that someone is tired, but I'm not 100% sure.

    "Are you ok today? You seem tired. Did you sleep well last night?"

    "Wow! You look tired. Why don't you go and lie down for an hour before the party."


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