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Annefranck

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France
Hi everyone!
Would you use "seem" or "look" in this sentence : He seems guilty or he looks guilty?
I wrote the second one first and then wondered why the first one wouldn't fit :confused:. Is there a difference in the meaning for one or the other?
Thanks for your help.
 
  • SteveD

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    British English
    If all the evidence points to the fact that he is guilty, "He seems (to be) guilty" would probably be more appropriate.

    If he has a guilty look on his face, then "He looks guilty" would be appropriate.

    "He's looking guilty" would cover both of the above, however.
     
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