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The Senator's warm recommendation of the popular Congressman seemed to many an implication that he will not seek re-election to his current office.

A) an implication that
B) to make the implication
C) to imply that
D) as if implying
E) to make implicit that
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Seems to imply is the correct idiom; therefore C
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But there is already a "to" preposition after seem. I thought the word after "many" should be a noun. Daagh, Would you pls elaborate that? Thank you.
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If a verb follows the word ‘to’ then it is an infinitive. If a noun or noun phrase follows the word ‘to’, then it is a preposition

Because the word ‘to’ performs different functions in different contexts, they can appear together in the same clause.

e.g. I went to Delhi to see the President—‘to Delhi’ is a preposition, because Delhi is a noun; to see is an infinitive, because see is a verb.

C: The Senator's warm recommendation of the popular Congressman seemed to many to imply that he will not seek re-election to his current office.

‘To many’ is a prepositional phrase, Because ‘many’ is a noun here standing for many people. ( for ex: the number 13 is believed to bring bad luck to many)
‘To imply’ is an infinitive, because ‘imply’ is a verb;
It might be a bit awkward to see an infinitive and a prepositional phrase together, but it is ok
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If a verb follows the word ‘to’ then it is an infinitive. If a noun or noun phrase follows the word ‘to’, then it is a preposition

Because the word ‘to’ performs different functions in different contexts, they can appear together in the same clause.

e.g. I went to Delhi to see the President—‘to Delhi’ is a preposition, because Delhi is a noun; to see is an infinitive, because see is a verb.

C: The Senator's warm recommendation of the popular Congressman seemed to many to imply that he will not seek re-election to his current office.

‘To many’ is a prepositional phrase, Because ‘many’ is a noun here standing for many people. ( for ex: the number 13 is believed to bring bad luck to many)
‘To imply’ is an infinitive, because ‘imply’ is a verb;
It might be a bit awkward to see an infinitive and a prepositional phrase together, but it is ok


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There is a degree of difference between to imply and implication. If you specifically intend to mean indirectly or a give a cue about something, the there is a purpose involved and in those cases, we use the infinitive 'to imply'. On the contrary, an implication is a mere phenomenon. without an intended purpose.

In the given case, Since the purpose of recommending the congressman seemed to give a hint about his possible withdrawal from the scene, the infinitive in C is conveying the meaning more vividly than the noun in A
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The Senator's warm recommendation of the popular Congressman seemed to many an implication that he will not seek re-election to his current office.

A) an implication that
B) to make the implication
C) to imply that
D) as if implying
E) to make implicit that


Hi

I read somewhere that a subjective pronoun can not refer to a possessive antecedent. Here "he" seems to refer to "Senator" which is written in possessive form (Senator's). Is is OK?

Or should I not care about it as it is not mentioned under underline portion of the sentence?

Experts, please clear my doubt.
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the pattern in B looks more familiar than the pattern in C does. To put it simply, "seem to sb + sth" is the pattern. However, in B, "in that" is not idiomatic while C is direct. Hence, the answer is C.
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