|1. “Seem” – it is a linking verb that is used with adjectives and not with adverbs.|
You seem happy with work today!
Anna and Jane seem excited for the party with friends tonight!
|2. Seem and seem to be|
“Seem” is often followed by ¬¬“to be”. “Seem to be” is used when we talk about objective facts: the things that seem to be definitely true.
Ms. Ueda is 50, but she doesn’t seem to be looking old.
“Seem” is used “without to be” when we are talking about subjective impressions.
She seems (to be) uneasy and inattentive today.
|3. With nouns|
“Seem to be” is common before “noun phrases”.
I applied in the company and I spoke to the man who seemed to be the manager.
However, “to be” can be dropped before noun phrases which express more subjective feelings.
He seems (to be) very kind.
|4. Other infinitives|
Seem can be followed by the infinitives of other besides “be”.
Jane seems to need a lot of attention and care.
People seem to have made a mistake about judging the artist.
In expressing a negative idea we use a negative form of seem: but in a more formal style
“not” is used.
Hannah doesn’t seem to get what I mean.
Hannah seems not to get what I mean.
|5. Seem like|
We can use “like” but not as, after seem.
The countryside seems (like) a good and nice place for a vacation.
|6. It can be a preparatory subject for that- and as if clauses after seem.|
It seems that it’s going to rain later.
It seemed as if the party is never going to end.
|7. There seems can be a preparatory subject for seem to be.|
There seems to be lacking in the grocery items that I bought.