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seem

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishseemseem /siːm/ ●●● S1 W1 verb [linking verb]  1 SEEMif something seems to be true, there are things that make people think it is trueseem adj Ann didn’t seem very pleased.seem adj+noun It seems a foolish decision now.seem like The last few days had seemed like a dream. Teri seemed like a nice girl. We waited for what seemed like hours.it seems like/as if/as though It seems like you’re catching a cold, Taylor. It seemed as if the end of the world had come.it seems (that) It seemed that Freeman had killed the man, and dumped the body in the lake. It seems likely that he will miss the team’s next game.seem to do something The rainbow seemed to end on the hillside.seem to somebody Doesn’t that seem weird to you?it seems to somebody (that) (=used when giving your opinion about something) It seems to me you don’t have much choice.there seem(s) to be something (=used when saying what you think has happened or is true) There seem to be a lot of people outside.so it seems (=it seems to be true) ‘So Bill’s leaving her?’ ‘So it seems.’RegisterIn written English, people often prefer to use appear rather than seem, because it is more formal:It appears that the man had been murdered.2 can’t/couldn’t seem to do something3 SEEMused to make what you are saying less strong or certain, and more politeseem to do something I seem to have lost my car keys.it seems (that)/it would seem (that) It would seem that someone left the building unlocked.GrammarLinking verbsSeem is a linking verb. This type of verb links the subject of the sentence with an adjective or noun: She seemed satisfied with his explanation.Their meeting seems a coincidence.Using the progressiveSeem is not used in the progressive. You say: She seems very happy. Don’t say: She is seeming happy.THESAURUSappear a more formal word for ‘seem’These reports appear to be unfounded.look to seem to be something, often because of what can be seenThe future looks bleak.He looked pleased.sound used to say that something or someone seems to be something because of what you have heard or read about them, or because of the noise or voice that you hearThis study sounds very ambitious.They heard what sounded like a blow.come across as something to seem to have particular qualitiesHe comes across as a very sensitive man.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
seemThere were so many delays - it seemed as if we would never get home.They kept ordering more brandy and all seemed genuinely upset.Katie seems happy at her new school.The voting seems in fact to have been orderly, though claims made about the plan were plainly false.You seem kind of nervous."Why did you move to New York?" "It seemed like a good idea at the time."Kevin seems like a nice guy.It seems likely that they will release the hostages soon.It seems that someone forgot to lock the door.There seems to be something wrong with the TV.Lack of money seems to be the main problem.He seems to have no particular craving for society.It seemed to Jim that Amy was worried about something.Ricky graduated, but didn't seem to know what to do with his life. He was drifting.Mr Assad once seemed to support perhaps the easiest solution: his son.The circle seems unbroken, and now, in this new millennium, Showcase promises to be even more successful.The whole situation seems very strange to me.seem to do somethingThe suggestion seems to be that integration is desirable and possible if the obstacles posed by black culture were removed.Welcome to the sorry state of the apology, when regrets seem to come most readily when they matter the least.Much of the technical literature on the subject seems to confuse the two sets of questions distinguished in this section.He seemed to find the spirit relaxing, and sat down himself, crossing his legs almost casually.Then she seemed to grasp what they were saying.Amelia seemed to have no trouble coping with George or with anyone else.Her play seems to lack imagination and she is manifestly terrified of Keith.Mr. Naylor seems to take very good care of his car.The steel companies seem to want to shrivel, to disappear.seem to do somethingThe suggestion seems to be that integration is desirable and possible if the obstacles posed by black culture were removed.Much of the technical literature on the subject seems to confuse the two sets of questions distinguished in this section.He seemed to find the spirit relaxing, and sat down himself, crossing his legs almost casually.Then she seemed to grasp what they were saying.Amelia seemed to have no trouble coping with George or with anyone else.Her play seems to lack imagination and she is manifestly terrified of Keith.The steel companies seem to want to shrivel, to disappear.
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Verb table
seem
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyseem
he, she, itseems
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyseemed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave seemed
he, she, ithas seemed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad seemed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill seem
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have seemed
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