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    seemed unlikely

    Hi,

    I found this practice question of TOEIC on another forum.

    SEEM unlikely, POLITICS sometimes INFLUENCE business DECISIONS.

    (A) seem
    (B) politics
    (C) influence
    (D) decisions
    The tests in this fashion are designed with one grammatical error, which is needed to be picked out.
    The key answer is A, in which "seem" should be changed to "seemed."

    Seemed unlikely, politics sometimes influence business decisions.


    Why is not "seeming" but "seemed"?

    I know "seemed unlikely" is expressed in passive voice, but which is the dropped subject? (It seems not to be "politics.")
    Can anyone rephrase it in a sentence with nothing dropped?



    Regards


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    Re: seemed unlikely

    Quote Originally Posted by outofdejavu View Post
    Hi,

    I found this practice question of TOEIC on another forum.



    The tests in this fashion are designed with one grammatical error, which is needed to be picked out.
    The key answer is A, in which "seem" should be changed to "seemed."

    Seemed unlikely, politics sometimes influence business decisions.


    Why is not "seeming" but "seemed"?

    I know "seemed unlikely" is expressed in passive voice, but which is the dropped subject? (It seems not to be "politics.")
    Can anyone rephrase it in a sentence with nothing dropped?



    Regards
    Seeming unlikely, politics.... A is the answer.

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