Phrases with the verb "to seem"

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Conditional Tense

Seem (Conditional)

We passed Point Conception at a flying rate, the wind blowing so that it would have seemed half a gale to us if we had been going the other way and close hauled.

The evidence would seem to point that way.

No words that could have been spoken would have induced Marie to seat herself at the table, so well did she understand all that such a change in her habits would have seemed to imply.

He seemed to hate and dread it with a vehemence absolutely laughable, and which, to those who have never witnessed the exhibition of antipathies of this kind, would seem all but incredible.

These, added to the general well-being and splendid comfort of the place, give it an effect better than the architecture of the individual houses would seem to warrant.

Certain weeds of the human bosom are prompt to flourish where safeness would seem to be guaranteed.

Of late years this has come strangely into vogue, when the natural tendency of things would seem to be to substitute lettered for oral methods of addressing the public.

The minutes would seem hours till he clasped her in his arms.

These purple horrors would not seem to be numerous.

Perhaps Mrs. Duke’s cold leg of mutton would seem quite appetizing at the top of a tree.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Pluperfect Tense

Seem (Pluperfect)

Her fearlessness delighted and surprised him, she had seemed so cowed and timid at first.

But the Crichton, which had seemed like paradise when he had no money, bored and disgusted him when it was in his power to go there.

That which had seemed incredible in the sober light of day had really come to pass, and he was to assist as a helpless spectator at Mattie’s banishment.

The country had seemed to make her more tender.

All the descriptions of fierce love and hatred which he had met in books had seemed to him therefore unreal.

She had not cared, or had not seemed to care, for scenery or for cities.

In the morning he had forgotten, or was ashamed of what had seemed so true and so entirely his own the night before.

As something had seemed to let itself go when she writhed under the bushes in the Gardens, so did something let go now.

If my own quarters on the other side of the saloon had seemed small, this one seemed even smaller.

A year had seemed a very long time; and she had been told that she and her lover must wait a year at the very least; so that vision of marriage had seemed afar off in the dim shadowland of the future.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Perfect Tense

Seem (Perfect)

To cowards the time has seemed endless; and every moment, ere their term shall come, an age of terror, of self-reproach, of superstitious prayers, and cries, which are not repentance.

To him, it should have seemed that all had gone according to plan and that it was perfectly safe for him to come back.

And then, it might have seemed irrelevantly, he observed: “Mr. Rushworth will be back in London in a day or two.

The great rule of Christian living has seemed to me imperative.

What could superior science avail against such odds? As to the subversion of Montezuma’s empire, now that he had seen him in his capital, it must have seemed a more doubtful enterprise than ever.

When the sage said that men are “only puppets,” it must have seemed to the young Louis almost like the blasphemy of saying they were “only pirates.

In the absence of such happy chances — and in one way or another they kept occurring — his girls might have seemed lonely, which was not the way he struck himself.

Well, my request to you to meet me may have seemed somewhat unusual, seeing that we were strangers till a few hours ago.

She had been used to a life of excitement, and Felden Woods might have seemed dull to her but for these ever-fresh scandals.

Except in the incident of the Pit creatures, she has seemed unconscious of anything unusual occurring.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Present Tense

Seem (Present)

So it seems to me that the relation of parents to children cannot be treated with any approach to completeness without seriously taking into account its emotional character.

It seems he had been used to make a confidant of her all along — and that she on her part could and did give him a lot of useful hints as to Patusan affairs there is no doubt.

This is a grievance with them; and it seems wellfounded.

It seems that for some time Thea has wanted to go away to study music.

I hate to introduce him end foremost, but it seems inevitable that the Chevalier must back into your life.

Well, it seems unfortunate, but there is no way of crossing that river at this point.

He seems to me to be the very type of the creature I speak of.

It seems tawdry stuff to me now; but the boy’s accents were of the very soul of tragedy and I realized clearly that I couldn’t recite that poem as well as he did.

Surely, said he to himself, as he listened to the tuneful strains of the birds, there is no sorrow in those notes; every thing seems tenderness and joy.

I know it seems incredible, that already some of the younger men are beginning to doubt the greatness of the Change our world has undergone, but read — read the newspapers of that time.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Future Tense

Seem (Future)

Any given ground of distinction will seem insubstantial to any one who habitually apprehends the facts in question from a different point of view and values them for a different purpose.

My absence will seem so strange what fables I shall have to invent on the way home.

A dreamer may dwell so long among fantasies, that the things without him will seem as unreal as those within.

All will be settled then; we shall have plenty to do, but after the labour of the last seven years it will not seem like work.

Not only will ideas refuse to come to him, but the very words he uses will seem to stiffen under his touch.

And then, changing a tone which jarred even on his own sensibilities: “I will not seem to infringe upon the popularity of the reigning house.

And I— what I seem to my friend, you see: What I soon shall seem to his love, you guess: What I seem to myself, do you ask of me? No hero, I confess.

One thing I doubt not but will seem very strange in this doctrine, which is, that from what has been said it will follow, that each abstract idea, with a name to it, makes a distinct species.

I am aware that this theory of politics will seem to many to be stilted, overstrained, and, as the Americans would say, high-faluten.

Some, whatsoever is beyond their reach, will seem to despise, or make light of it, as impertinent or curious; and so would have their ignorance seem judgment.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Imperfect Tense

Seem (Imperfect)

It seemed a very long time ago, and a very long way off.

The stuffy chart-room seemed as full of draughts as a shed.

At this, the surly young man seemed satisfied, and led us into a small, shabby room with frosted windows.

Indeed upon mature thoughts I should think we could not have done better than to have complied with the desire they seemed to have of our settling here; and to have taken up our quarters among them.

The river-side seemed a kind of Paradise, without the possibility of a serpent.

It seemed to her that the flagellation of her thoughts must have left visible traces.

One thing only seemed certain, and that certainty took away my breath for the moment.

Say that it is done!” “No.” Something in her sad tone and subdued manner seemed to strike a note of fear in his heart.

He had not grown a beard again, whatever his reaction into revolution; he was always thin and it was partly an effect of energy that he looked haggard; he seemed as vigorous as ever.

His voice was stentorian: his hand stretched out in debate, seemed by its gigantic and muscular form, to warn his hearers that words were not his only weapons.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Infinitive Form

Seem (Infinitive)

Not that he cared half the clip of a whisker for all the shrimps that ever bearded the sea, only that he liked to seem to love them, to keep Mary at work for him.

So greatly did it disturb him that everything began to seem changed and sinister to him.

And now, do you think we ought to seem even seem—to slight her kindness?’ Hugh was turning about, chafing impotently.

During all this John Caldigate was specially careful not to seclude himself from public view, or to seem to be afraid of his fellow-creatures.

Young Ferguson could get no more news from his cousin, and it began to seem that the whole matter was well on the way to being forgotten.

This was so habitual now in Sir Oliver that it had begun to irritate Lionel’s tense nerves; it had come to seem to him that in this listlessness was a studied tacit reproach aimed at himself.

Here she stood in hiding under one of the large bushes, clinging so closely to its umbrage as to seem but a portion of its mass, and listening intently for the faintest sound of pursuit.

This order in the house was of long standing; it had grown to seem as natural as poverty and hopelessness.

And I will try not to seem cross to Philip.’ Mr. Edmonstone was fidgety and ill at ease, found fault with the dinner, and was pettish with his wife.

He had been very careful never even to seem to scold Mr Peacocke. Mr Peacocke had been aware of it too — aware that he could not endure it, and aware also that the Doctor avoided any attempt at it.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Gerund Form

Seem (Gerund)

Eloquence is power; because it is seeming prudence.

Eloquence, with flattery, disposeth men to confide in them that have it; because the former is seeming wisdom, the latter seeming kindness.

Other verbs and sentences related to "seem"

Verbs similar to seem


I think that in a way, his death produced a reaction in my favour and my flight, of which some particulars now appeared stuck in the popular imagination.


She had been looking out on the first day, and was duly amazed to see a naval officer in full uniform promenading in the path.


I had already made all my arrangements, and though I had no reason for any doubt as to my personal security during the trip, I did not feel altogether satisfied with them.


For bodies seem either to move without limit, or to remain altogether at rest, or to tend to a limit at which, according to their nature, they either revolve or rest.


In Plate III., Fig. 1 represents a fish; it is just, perhaps, sufficiently reminiscent of the general form of one to suggest the animal.


There were no roads, no bridges, no streets, no houses that you would think deserving of the name.


I did not pretend to enter into the merits of the case, yet I inclined towards the opinions of the hero, whose extinction I wept, without precisely understanding it.


Mrs Wingrave and her gossips, however, deemed her complaint a mere bodily ill, and doubted not that she would obtain relief from the remedy just mentioned.


Who was it then that Kenton so resembled to bring forth this fright and relief? They finished their food quickly, paid from the gold they had taken from the galley; passed out into the street.


I should have liked it better if it had been Muniment. But if they didn’t send to him —” Schinkel interrupted himself; the remainder of his sentence was lost in a cloud of smoke.


But it must have sounded a strange tale, in my villainous Spanish which elapsed into French at every crisis.


There were Stumfoldians who declared that she had been seen through the blinds teaching her own maid piquet on a Sunday afternoon; but any horror will get itself believed nowadays.


The first day she had found him at work on his new tale she had plunged into his enchanted world with him, and there they met again each afternoon.


That crowd which came in and stopped the fight ought to be considered like one of those divine clouds which the gods send in Homer: “Apollo shrouds The godlike Trojan in a veil of clouds.


Anyhow, I shall be in a position to prove that I am not implicated in the murder of this unfortunate nincompoop.


My companion was so anxious to reach Meccah, that he would not hear of devotions.


At the same moment a great cry of ‘Powder! For Christ’s sake, powder!’ arose from the musqueteers whose last charge had been fired.


She entered her own dwelling, as she had emerged from it, by the drawing-room window.


The moon was showing fitfully behind the clouds and he made a beeline for the garden gate, staggering over the flower beds with his heavy burden.


And when, as she ripened into womanhood, this young man came more closely among them, it did not strike her that the change would affect her more powerfully than it would the others.


The goats, with whose hides he hoped to cover the coracle, were sufficiently numerous and tame to encourage him to use every exertion.


When anger came upon him the hero light would shine about his head, he understood all the arts of the druids and had supernatural beauty and strength in battle.


It had been published with a worldly object, which had always seemed to him hardly befitting a man of his cloth.


By this time he was so awed that he would have permitted the clinic surgeons to operate on him for any ill which at the moment they happened to fancy.


He is going to print the pamphlet12 in small, a fifth edition, to be taken off by friends, and sent into the country.


I heard from him yesterday; and, though it did not strike me at first, I noticed on referring to his letter afterwards, that it was not in his own handwriting.


He supposed himself, naturally enough, to be just now her only real stand-by in life.


They can say and do things, and no harm at all come to them, which would mean destruction to you, because they have help, and you are walking alone.


And it was not his business! But even if he did not bother about the motives of the poor beast of a woman, she was the mother of his heir.


I was shocked and almost displeased to perceive that the glass cigar-case by the orchestra stand had been smashed to smithereens.


And withal they never worried her by interferences and criticisms; they never presumed on their hospitality, but left her as free as though her age had been twice what it was.


You implied just now that you had still some objections left.


I was, however, too sure of what I had heard to allow myself to be misled, and so I insisted that she did say it.


How well I remember the day that was the commencement of all our miseries! Dinner was over, and we were in the drawing-room, with the windows open to admit the balmy southern breeze.


I leave it to you two, as I am compelled to start for Pittsburg next Friday; but I know you will not overlook any point.


Her cold sensitive, fastidious nature, profoundly shocked by the sordid issue of her one love adventure, did not fret at this long prelude to a drama on which the curtain might never rise.


That he was a Jew and an American did not worry Christopher; he had not objected to the fact that Macmaster had been the son of a Scotch grocer.


His answer was perfectly straightforward, as I should have known it would be.