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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
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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29 Aug 2008, 11:52
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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29 Aug 2008, 12:19
Yes. You are right

OA is D

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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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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" ?
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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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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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