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"it seems that" vs "it seems like"

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Youngil Hong, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Youngil Hong Senior Member

    Seattle, WA
    Korean
    What is the difference between "it seems that~" and "it seems like~"??

    For example,

    1.
    It seems like Bill is falling in love with Smantha.
    It seems that Bill is falling in love with Smantha.

    2.
    It seems like you decided against going to the dentist today.
    It seems that you decided against going to the dentist today.


    Is there any difference in its meaning between two sentences??
     
  2. Bigote Blanco Senior Member

    The difference between the two is subtle. I would interpret the difference as follows:

    seems like -- indicates a possibillity of something

    seem that --- indicates a more factual situation
     
  3. Youngil Hong Senior Member

    Seattle, WA
    Korean
    Thank you so much guys!! :D
     
  4. Thomas Tompion Senior Member

    Southwest France
    English - England
    In BE, the difference isn't very subtle. It seems like you decided is incorrect, and it seems that you decided is fine.

    Some of us are still holding out against the use of like as a conjunction.
     

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