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seems | seems to be

English translation: Both are correct, but the latter is preferred.

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English term or phrase:seems | seems to be
English translation:Both are correct, but the latter is preferred.
Entered by: Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
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15:21 Aug 15, 2006
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Social Sciences - Education / Pedagogy / Grammatikalische Analyse (Grammatical Analysis)
English term or phrase: seems | seems to be
Which do you think is better, or does it make no difference? Please explain and illustrate with examples, if possible.

i) Divorce is not a good thing, but in the absence of love it seems the best solution.
ii) Divorce is not a good thing, but in the absence of love it seems to be the best solution.
R. A. Stegemann
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 09:51
I would choose 2 but either is correct
Explanation:
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Note added at 6 mins (2006-08-15 15:28:27 GMT)
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Divorce is not the best solution but in the absence of love, it is most probably/seems to be the best solution.

You will appreciate we are not really here to give you an English lesson as it is quite busy.

Thank you.

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Note added at 31 mins (2006-08-15 15:53:13 GMT)
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You need a coma after love.
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Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
France
Local time: 02:51
Grading comment
Acknowledgment - That I may bring everyone's attention to three remarks that accompanied this entry before closing:

Anna Maria Augustin - Divorce is not the best solution but in the absence of love, it seems to be the best solution.

Kari Foster - I've never had a coma after love, but sometimes a little nap.

Anna Maria Augustin - You will appreciate we are not really here to give you an English lesson as it is quite busy.

Do I dare help Anna Maria with hers?
1 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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5 +15I would choose 2 but either is correctAnna Maria Augustine at proZ.com


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3 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +15
I would choose 2 but either is correct


Explanation:
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Note added at 6 mins (2006-08-15 15:28:27 GMT)
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Divorce is not the best solution but in the absence of love, it is most probably/seems to be the best solution.

You will appreciate we are not really here to give you an English lesson as it is quite busy.

Thank you.

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Note added at 31 mins (2006-08-15 15:53:13 GMT)
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You need a coma after love.

Anna Maria Augustine at proZ.com
France
Local time: 02:51
Works in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in FrenchFrench
PRO pts in category: 20
Grading comment
Acknowledgment - That I may bring everyone's attention to three remarks that accompanied this entry before closing:

Anna Maria Augustin - Divorce is not the best solution but in the absence of love, it seems to be the best solution.

Kari Foster - I've never had a coma after love, but sometimes a little nap.

Anna Maria Augustin - You will appreciate we are not really here to give you an English lesson as it is quite busy.

Do I dare help Anna Maria with hers?

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Andrey Belousov
6 mins

agree  Robert Forstag
6 mins

agree  Alison Jenner
7 mins

agree  Yavor Dimitrov: I'd go for the second option too. As a rule of thumb, before a noun (with no adjective) 'seem To Be' is almost always used.
11 mins

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
13 mins

agree  Dr. Andrew Frankland
13 mins

agree  Caryl Swift: The second option is more formal as well, I'd say. :-)
14 mins

agree  Can Altinbay: Second is definitely better.
19 mins

agree  xxxanastasia t
1 hr

agree  conejo
2 hrs

agree  Kari Foster: I've never had a coma after love, but sometimes a little nap. ;-)
3 hrs

agree  humbird: Neither is wrong, but the second sounds more natural.
4 hrs

agree  NancyLynn: LOL Kari - I vote for #2
6 hrs

agree  Olga B
12 hrs

agree  webguru: I don't think I would choose divorce in the first place, but that option is missing :-)
13 hrs
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