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

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Updated on: 09 Aug 2013, 11:16
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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

Originally posted by chan4312 on 29 Aug 2008, 11:39.
Last edited by Zarrolou on 09 Aug 2013, 11:16, edited 1 time in total.
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Updated on: 29 Aug 2008, 11:57
chan4312 wrote:
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 had tough time selecting between D and E

Finally went with D.
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Originally posted by x2suresh on 29 Aug 2008, 11:52.
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29 Aug 2008, 12:19
Yes. You are right

OA is D

Thanks!
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29 Aug 2008, 14:41
D

I didn't like the 'to us to be' in E

A,B,C were equally weak-sauce
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09 Aug 2013, 11:03
D is correct here.
in E The words "to be" are redundant and unnecessary.
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03 Sep 2013, 14:10
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2013gmat wrote:
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

Can you please explain the difference between "seems to" and "seems to be" ?
thanks

Hi 2013gmat.

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
Wrong. SEEMS + AS --> wrong idiom. ("SEEM AS IF" is ok)

* to us to be as a remote and barely visible figure of history
Wrong. SEEM + TO BE + AS --> wrong idiom

* to us a remote and barely visible figure of history
Wrong. Change meaning. "figure of history" differs from "historical figure".

* to us a remote and barely visible historical figure
Correct. Idiom: SEEMS TO X Y (without AS; like "Consider X Y)

* to us to be a remote and barely visible historical figure[/quote]
Wrong. "SEEM + TO BE + noun" is suspect. (Please note: I do NOT say it's wrong) Why? Because "to be" means "in the future", thus the meaning is like "X seems to us to be Y" <-- At this moment, X does not seem like Y, but will be Y in the future. The meaning is vague.

Hope it helps.
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15 Sep 2014, 11:44
chan4312 wrote:
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

This question is comparing the russian czar with a clause, which i feel demands the use of "as". Please help.
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02 Aug 2017, 20:46
pqhai wrote:
2013gmat wrote:
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

Can you please explain the difference between "seems to" and "seems to be" ?
thanks

Hi 2013gmat.

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
Wrong. SEEMS + AS --> wrong idiom. ("SEEM AS IF" is ok)

* to us to be as a remote and barely visible figure of history
Wrong. SEEM + TO BE + AS --> wrong idiom

* to us a remote and barely visible figure of history
Wrong. Change meaning. "figure of history" differs from "historical figure".

* to us a remote and barely visible historical figure
Correct. Idiom: SEEMS TO X Y (without AS; like "Consider X Y)

* to us to be a remote and barely visible historical figure

Wrong. "SEEM + TO BE + noun" is suspect. (Please note: I do NOT say it's wrong) Why? Because "to be" means "in the future", thus the meaning is like "X seems to us to be Y" <-- At this moment, X does not seem like Y, but will be Y in the future. The meaning is vague.

Hope it helps.[/quote]

What is the correct idiom for seem- to be to indicate future and no preposition for present tense?
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04 Aug 2017, 00:04
buan15 wrote:
pqhai wrote:
2013gmat wrote:
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

Can you please explain the difference between "seems to" and "seems to be" ?
thanks

Hi 2013gmat.

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
Wrong. SEEMS + AS --> wrong idiom. ("SEEM AS IF" is ok)

* to us to be as a remote and barely visible figure of history
Wrong. SEEM + TO BE + AS --> wrong idiom

* to us a remote and barely visible figure of history
Wrong. Change meaning. "figure of history" differs from "historical figure".

* to us a remote and barely visible historical figure
Correct. Idiom: SEEMS TO X Y (without AS; like "Consider X Y)

* to us to be a remote and barely visible historical figure

Wrong. "SEEM + TO BE + noun" is suspect. (Please note: I do NOT say it's wrong) Why? Because "to be" means "in the future", thus the meaning is like "X seems to us to be Y" <-- At this moment, X does not seem like Y, but will be Y in the future. The meaning is vague.

Hope it helps.

What is the correct idiom for seem- to be to indicate future and no preposition for present tense?[/quote]

Seem X Y,, as in consider X Y...
hope that helps...
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04 Aug 2017, 05:19
Seem X Y is understood but seem to be is always wrong or can be true sometime ?
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