Phrases with the verb "to seem"

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Conditional Tense

Seem (Conditional)

His movements to any observer would have seemed very mysterious, and a casual passer-by would at once have wondered what on earth was happening.

But the sound of the bells would be lovely also, a part of their dreaming, a part of the stillness; for all things would seem to be welded together, to be one, even as they two were now one.

He still inhabited the upper room, which he calls a garret; it would not seem that the alteration in his status, assistant now and no longer apprentice, had increased his social conveniences.

Alacrity or readiness would seem to have been one of Robert Browning’s prominent characteristics.

There has been a shifting and mixing-up of people that would have seemed impossible to anyone in 1937.

To you she would have seemed unwieldy, elephantine, and grotesque in every feature.

But on the other hand there is the strongly Huntian character of Keats’s Epistle to G. F. Mathew, dated November 1815, which would seem to indicate an earlier acquaintance (see p.

The part which comes over the spot seems to start in advance of the rest of the bar, and this would seem to indicate a greater rapidity of sensation at the yellow spot than in the surrounding retina.

She had no intention of allowing Louise to suspect the real cause of what she was about to say—that would have seemed to her undignified; but she could not speak quite naturally.

He visited his traps, hidden away in little nooks, where no man might find them, and it would have seemed as if trade were brisk, for his sack was heavy, and his air was cheerful.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Pluperfect Tense

Seem (Pluperfect)

The old Rector died and the farmer, who had seemed immovable excepting by death, had to retire to make way for the heir of the landowning nobleman who intended to farm the family estates himself.

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.

He had defended himself without any scruples of conscience when she had seemed to attack him, but now he did not know how to refuse her request.

Beautiful as she had seemed to him before, the lithe charm of her figure and the proud, free grace of her bearing were enhanced now by the rich simplicity of her attire.

Things that had seemed forgotten for ever have suddenly come back into the very present of our consciousness.

Such behaviour as this, so exactly the reverse of her own, appeared no more meritorious to Marianne, than her own had seemed faulty to her.

Last night, for instance, the tall tenements had seemed to him like a tower in a dream.

Her slowly growing purpose took to itself root and branch, as she knelt by the side of the young Englishman, who only a few moments ago had seemed the very embodiment of all manly vigour.

The footlights had seemed a hard, glittering line drawn sharply between their life and his; a circle of flame set about those splendid children of genius.

As long as they lived here, her child had not seemed wholly gone; so full was the house of memories of her.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Perfect Tense

Seem (Perfect)

My word, do they take us for thieves, the rascals? It is the first time that people have seemed to doubt me.

They were heavier, it is true, and they may have seemed the smarter, for Wellington used to make them burnish their metal work, which was not usual among us.

But now she might have seemed more than seventy; her lines were so set and deep, her features so sharpened, and her walk so feeble.

To tell the truth, I have not been in Miss Weston’s confidence, and have only taken her for that which she has seemed to be.

It must have seemed somewhat singular to you that I went away without taking any leave, or giving you the slightest hint that I was going; but I did not do so without considerable reflection.

It must have seemed plain at last to every one in those days that the world was slipping headlong to anarchy.

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

All these dreary days and years through which we have plodded might have seemed different.

Each succession has seemed to bury all that went before.

At the same time the English attitude towards crime is not so superior to the American as I may have seemed to imply.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Present Tense

Seem (Present)

Sometimes it seems to me quite mysterious.

It seems like talking on tiptoe; like animals in cages, always going to one end and back again.

It seems that he’s like a wee beast she had herself that died.

Nostradamus and Lilly seem impossible in our time; but we have seen the advertisements of an astrologer in our Boston papers year after year, which seems to imply that he found believers and patrons.

He seems to have hoped that he could evade it.

Filey seems to me much altered; more lodging-houses — some of them very handsome — have been built; the sea has all its old grandeur.

Here the whole front is but a frame for six recesses, from each of which a colossal statue, erect and life-like, seems to be walking straight out from the heart of the mountain.

The more I think upon it the more the bare idea of actual crucifixion seems to horrify me, though heaven knows I am accustomed enough to scenes of suffering.

For if any one shall say that it seems the one to one, and the other to another, he will, before he is aware, affirm that they are both the one and the other.

Polygyny. Although this fact had no special theoretical bearing in any of my arguments, still it seems advisable to state it here explicitly and with references for the sake of completeness.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Future Tense

Seem (Future)

Who’s to blame them? For this will seem a bit of a dream to ourselves in a month or two.

During the interview, Mr. Clynes feels as if he were undergoing an examination, and is afraid that he will not seem firm enough to the examiner, or statesmanlike or conservative enough.

Your lodging will seem very empty to you now when you go home.

But I shall make the attempt if I am directed to do so in any manner that shall seem feasible.

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.

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

Michelet rails against it because it renders you happy apart from thought or work; to provident women this will seem no evil influence in married life.

Say to the man of letters, that he cannot paint a Transfiguration, or build a steamboat, or be a grand-marshal, — and he will not seem to himself depreciated.

In such a theory as this put thus before the reader, there will seem to be dissimulation.

The world will seem empty when I bid Harriet and Clementina farewell.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Imperfect Tense

Seem (Imperfect)

This seemed no small good fortune, for it always opened upon a charming picture.

Even now she did not seem to breathe.

It seemed to Anne a somewhat forlorn hope.

A gentleman was on the other side of Lavinia whom she did not particularly notice; and, upon his asking the waiter for something, his voice seemed to strike upon her memory.

She seemed to endow them with intelligence, and to make them comprehend and obey her command.

It seemed to Bert that the car swayed for a moment and then buck-jumped and kicked him.

Some one entered the house; and, being in, the door was shut — with a bang which seemed to ring threateningly through the little house, causing the listeners to start.

Mr Kennedy stepped forward, and bade him welcome to Loughlinter. His manner was less cold, and he seemed to have more words at command than was usual with him.

Suddenly the blood froze in his veins, his heart seemed to stand still.

Everything seemed here to be round; above, there was a gallery divided into boxes; and in one part of it an organ with a beautiful choir, from which issued both instrumental and vocal music.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Infinitive Form

Seem (Infinitive)

It is through not being full of themselves that they can afford to seem worn and not appear new and complete.

Going home began to seem an unattainable thing to me.

His own triumph began to seem as fantastic and incredible as his triumphal arches.

She could not explain to Miss Todd all her best motives; and then, those motives which were not the best were made to seem so very weak and mean by the way in which Miss Todd approached them.

Now that she had not so much let go of her dream as had it torn from her hand, it began forthwith to seem incredible and remote.

She did not want to seem better than women who had been so altogether charming.

And it began to seem to him some one was whispering in his ear.

I beg your pardon if I have expressed myself so badly as to seem to doubt.

If their lips met, the contact was so slight as to seem accidental; it was the mere timorous promise of a future kiss.

It was not long before this treatment excited June’s concern, and the doll began to seem to her a ‘lame duck.

Examples of verb "to seem" in the Gerund Form

Seem (Gerund)

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

Eloquence is power; because it is seeming prudence.

Other verbs and sentences related to "seem"

Verbs similar to seem


It appears that she fell down a staircase.


However —’ Felix broke off, as if this talk were futile, clasped his hands behind his head, and, leaning backward, looked at Esther, who was looking at him.


I knew that she had felt intense sympathy for a musician whose career had been prematurely brought to an end by insanity.


He thought it tended to foster a warlike spirit among his people.


One of the poor relations ventured to suggest that it might be some sportive evasion of the young cavalier, and that the very gloominess of the caprice seemed to accord with so melancholy a personage.


Perhaps you were thinking of an absent knight.


It was coarse and thick-skinned to laugh at such a caricature of LOVE, when he himself was pretending to be in its thrall.


Self-educated, Widdowson deemed it his duty to make acquaintance with the great, the solid authors.


The riding lights of ships winked afar like setting stars, and the hills across the roadstead resembled rounded black masses of arrested thunder-clouds.


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.


Maniacal as the letter would have sounded to a stranger, Willett had seen too much of Charles Ward’s oddities to dismiss it as sheer raving.


He preferred to believe it was the latter.


For novelty, no man that wadeth in learning or contemplation thoroughly but will find that printed in his heart, Nil novi super terram.


This is elementary, essential, interesting and stimulating stuff for the young, and it is impossible to consider anyone a satisfactory citizen who is still ignorant of that great story.


It proved he had a mate, who had lacked his courage, and was hidden down the road; they had both made up their minds to run away, and had ‘come here stop.


I stood hesitating, and as I did so I heard distinctly the sound of a closing door.


Her starboard side was next the whirl, and on the larboard arose the world of ocean we had left.


They are not like the tourist-parasites of these post-war days, who move to the attack with a terrifying cold vindictiveness the moment one emerges from any vehicle.


Years of observation have shown that the weather does control the habits of some birds — birds of distinct and regular methods of life.


It might have been done under such pledges as would have prevented him from speaking of it, and yet would have affected his thoughts in the direction indicated by his remarks to his fiancee.


Amen. I felt greatly strengthened and encouraged that night, and the next morning I ran to meet my companion, out of whose eye I had now no life.


The sun was shining very brightly, and yet there was an exhilarating nip in the air, which set an edge to a man’s energy.


An interesting account of this matter has been given by Mr. T. A. Magarey, in a paper entitled “Aboriginal Water Quest,” published in the Report of the Aust. Ass. Adv Sci., vol.


For what reason? but because a hasty temper, though a constant cause or principle in the mind, operates only by intervals, and infects not the whole character.


He tried to find some editorial work on the paper which had printed his reports, but every place was full, and it was hopeless to dream of getting a proprietary interest in it.


The Lord does not strike them all, always.


The nation was in a state of terror against France, and against any at home who might be supposed to sympathise with the enormities she had just been committing.


We are more inclined to accuse him of self-deception when he asserts that he did not mean them to be popular; but he took sure means to prevent them from being so.


Until the Great War, the First World War, I did not bother very much about war and peace.


Luckily Grumedan did not perceive this, as he was too much occupied in whipping up the frogs, many of whom perished miserably from fatigue, since he did not allow them to rest for a moment.


These are what, in some countries, men have presumed to call the Third Estate. Thus the individual interest of two orders is put first and second; the public interest occupies only the third place.


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


Mr Warburton insisted on taking the taxi the whole way into London, and talked so voluminously in the quieter patches of the traffic that Dorothy could hardly get a word in edgeways.


In abstract logic, she would have been obliged to admit that it ought not to make any difference.


Really it was criminal that no limit of liability had been fixed! How on earth could he ever have overlooked that when he came on the Board? But he had only known of it afterwards.


I would not fret if he and I could lie down to-night to sleep our last sleep; not a bit would I fret if folk would but know him to be innocent — as I do.


It was just like this: wherever Arlette happened to be, there were worrying possibilities.


The horse was worth from thirty to forty pounds and Edward might have known that the gift would upset his wife.