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# Although quite powerful in his time, the 16th century

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Although quite powerful in his time, the 16th century Russian czar Ivan the Terrible seems to us as a remote and barely visible historical figure.

to us as a remote and barely visible historical figure
to us to be as a remote and barely visible figure of history
to us a remote and barely visible figure of history
to us a remote and barely visible historical figure
to us to be a remote and barely visible historical figure
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"seem" here is used as a linking verb and not an action verb. So seem should not be followed by "as" or "to be"

Hence (d) is the correct choice ( not a or e)

http://members.cox.net/lenco1/grammarpr ... inkact.htm
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09 Dec 2008, 00:19
seems to be is the idiom....hence, I will mark E.
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09 Dec 2008, 00:41
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Although quite powerful in his time, the 16th century Russian czar Ivan the Terrible seems to us as a remote and barely visible historical figure.

to us as a remote and barely visible historical figure
to us to be as a remote and barely visible figure of history
to us a remote and barely visible figure of history
to us a remote and barely visible historical figure
to us to be a remote and barely visible historical figure

I think C is the best

1. seem can be followed by as if, as though, but not "as", so A and B out
2. in D and E, "visible" cannot modify "figure" (not sure )
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09 Dec 2008, 04:30
confused b/w C and D. but D seems better.
Can sum1 explain how to make chi\oice in such a situation?
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11 Dec 2008, 00:12
Between A and E:

Seems to be idiomatic

A - If "as" is used as a subordination, then we are missing the verb

on the otherhand, if as is used as a function of - changes the meaning.

my choice is E:
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11 Dec 2008, 01:01
Thanks everyone, QA is D . ( i had gone for E because i thought "seems to be " is an idiom )
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11 Dec 2008, 08:15
I struggled between A and E ..choose A though. Can some one explain this? not sure how D is OA...
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23 Nov 2011, 07:53
I chose D.

It's the least "wordy" of the choices. I also prefer "historical figure" to "a figure of history." Appears more simple.
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23 Nov 2011, 09:30
I confuse between A and D. After reading the two link above. I understand why A is incorrect. Thank all guys
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Practicegmat wrote:
"seem" here is used as a linking verb and not an action verb. So seem should not be followed by "as" or "to be"

Hence (d) is the correct choice ( not a or e)

http://members.cox.net/lenco1/grammarpr ... inkact.htm

I disagree...

The link http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/linkingverb.htm says, 'seem' is always linking verb. In that case, we can never use 'to be' with 'seem' but we have enough examples for 'seem to be'.

My choice for 'seem' versus 'seem to be' is based on the context.
For e.g., "Lakshmi seems a good girl" and "Lakshmi seems to be a good girl" both are correct. But then how do we decide which one to use? Answer is context.

If we know Lakshmi has done good things, we say she is a good gril (she seems good).
But if we know that Lakshmi has done those good things with some hidden agenda, we say 'she seems to be good'.

In the first case, it is certain that she is good, whereas in the later it is not certain.

Few more examples:

"things far off seem to be small"
"this post seems small"

Now applying this logic to our question: we know Ivan the Terrible is a powerful. With that he should be a strongly visible character in the history. But for some reason, historians did not talk about him which means his absence in the history is certain but not perceived. Hence there is no need to use 'to be' with 'seem'.

So, the correct answer is D.

Hope this is clear.
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26 Nov 2016, 12:10
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