Seem and appear

Seem and appear

In English we use seem (parecer) and appear to give information about something that may be true. There are two sentence structures you can use:

  1. It + seem/appear + that. Here are some examples:
  • It seems that the British people will vote in favour of “Brexit” (parece que la gente de Gran Bretaña votará a favor de Brexit). You could also use appear in the same sentence with the same meaning.
  • It appears/seems that the British people will vote in favour of “Brexit.
  • It certainly seems that way (así parece).
  • It seems/appears that I have made a mistake (parece que he cometido un error).
  • It seems a good idea to vote for Brexit (parece una buena idea votar a Brexit).
  • It seems that it is going to rain (parece que va a llover).

 

  1. Subject + seem/appear + to infinitive, or subject + seem/appear + adjective. Here are some examples:
  • Cameron seemed to be absorbed in the difficulties with Brexit (Señor Cameron parecía estar absorto en las dificultades de Brexit).
  • Cameron seems upset by the Brexit opinion poll (Señor Cameron parece afectado por las encuestas de Brexit).
  • Cameron does not seem to have noticed that he is going to lose the referendum. (Señor Cameron no parece haberse dado cuenta de que va a perder el referéndum).
  • Boris Johnson seems capable (Mr. Johnson parece capaz). The word appear has the same meaning: Mr. Boris Johnson appears capable.

 

There is another option using the word would. This makes the statement even more tentative (todavía más provisional). Here are two examples:

  • It would appear/seem that the British people will vote in favour of Brexit (parecería que la gente de Gran Bretaña votará a favor de Brexit).
  • It would seem that it is going to rain (parecería que va a llover).
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