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Although quite powerful in his time, the 16th century Russian czar Iva

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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.

A) to us as a remote and barely visible historical figure
B) to us to be as a remote and barely visible figure of history
C) to us a remote and barely visible figure of history
D) to us a remote and barely visible historical figure
E) to us to be a remote and barely visible historical figure

Originally posted by chan4312 on 29 Aug 2008, 11:39.
Last edited by Bunuel on 19 Feb 2019, 06:09, edited 4 times in total.
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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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"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)

Check the links on linking and action verbs
http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/linkingverb.htm
http://members.cox.net/lenco1/grammarpr ... inkact.htm
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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)

Check the links on linking and action verbs
http://www.chompchomp.com/terms/linkingverb.htm
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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