Grammar Patterns

Introductory it as Subject

The 'seem' group

Verbs with this pattern are concerned with what a situation seems to be or feels like to someone. These verbs are also found without the prepositional phrase, in the pattern it V that. Of the verbs in this meaning group, seem occurs much more frequently than any of the other verbs. All the verbs in this group are link verbs (see Chapter 5).
It seemed to me that the book sought to say something new.
It sounds to me that something dramatic should be done about the management of the school.
  • appear
  • feel
  • look
  • seem
  • sound
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