"it seems that" vs "it seems like"

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Youngil Hong

Senior Member
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??
 
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    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
    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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