Is 'seem' a linking verb no matter what follows it?

JungKim

Senior Member
Korean
(1) He seems happy.
(2) He seems to be happy.
(3) It seems that he is happy.

As shown in these examples, 'seem' can be followed by a predicative complement (happy), a to-infinitive (to be happy), or a that-clause (that he is happy).

When we say 'seem' is a linking verb, is this limited to (1) or is this applicable to (2) and/or (3) as well?
 
  • JungKim

    Senior Member
    Korean
    I wonder why I'm not getting any feedback on this. Is there any problem with the question itself that prevents people from answering it? If so, please let me know.
     
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