seems vs seems to be

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I have been told that using the form "seems to be" is more grammatically correct than using "seems" alone. I will make an example:

It seems to be an interesting idea to to investigate.


It seems an interesting idea to investigate.

To me the meaning seems (or seems to be?) exactly the same. What do you think ?

  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    You were told wrong: the only difference would be stylistic, if any, not grammatical. There are some other verbs that have this same choice: for example, They consider him (to be) a fool.
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