In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(give impression)parecershe seems friendly — parece simpática
- you don't seem very sure/happy — no pareces (estar) muy seguro/contento
- things aren't always what they seem — las apariencias engañan
- it certainly seems that way — eso parece / así parece, por cierto
- I thought he seemed a total idiot — me pareció un verdadero imbécil
- you seem a completely different person — no pareces el mismo
- you must do what seems best — debes hacer lo que mejor te parezca
- strange as it may seem — por raro que parezca
- to seem to + inf
- she seems to like you — parece que le caes bien
- he didn't seem to be expecting us — me dio la impresión de que no nos esperaba
- you seem to find it very amusing! — ¡por lo visto a ti te hace mucha gracia!
- she seems not / doesn't seem to have noticed — no parece haberse dado cuenta
- it seems (that) they were worried — parece (ser) que estaban preocupados
- it now seems certain that … — ahora parece seguro que …
- it seems as if / as though they're ready — parece (ser) que están listos
- so it seems — eso parece
- so it would seem — eso parece
- it seems not — parece que no
- to seem like sth
- we waited for what seemed like an eternity — esperamos lo que nos pareció una eternidad
- that seems like a good idea — esa me parece una buena idea
- it seems like years since I saw you — parece que hiciera años que no te veo
- are they having a good time? — (it) seems like it — ¿lo están pasando bien? — eso parece / así parece
- he seems very like his father — se parece mucho a su padre
- Although this argument seems plausible, the evidence quoted in its support does not withstand critical examination.
- Therefore, it seems somehow a bit excessive to single him out for this sort of treatment.
- Nobody else seems to notice, except perhaps Barry, who simply wants to be left alone.
- I know it seems surprising, but I have never ever had a boyfriend.
- His master's voice seems unlikely to wake him.
- The administration seems somewhat oblivious to the resultant dangers.
- Some things seem destined for repeat discovery until the results are finally taken seriously.
- After what seems like an eternity, we finally make it to the entrance.
- Burton's flair for image seems always at odds with the story at hand.
- Still, calling the other lists whimsical seems a tad unfair.
- She also seems more at ease than ever while delivering her songs.
- At first sight, the statements issued by the major churches might seem surprising.
- I realize my condemnation of male diner culture may seem a tad harsh.
- While such an argument seems counterintuitive at first, it does have some grounding in evolutionary biology.
- For what seemed like an eternity, they squirmed in their chairs, speechless.
- Nobody else seems very interested, but I think it looks great!
- Having decided to gift it to the nation, she seems somewhat miffed that nobody now seems to want it.
- He looked at Gabriel, who almost seemed on the verge of tears.
- I might get discouraged but you guys don't seem to care.
- Now, he seemed almost on the verge of tears, though Reana could only guess why.
2.1(get impression)to seem to + inf
- I seemed to hear voices in the kitchen — me pareció oír voces en la cocina
- I seem to remember that you … — creo recordar que tú …
- I seem to have been here before — me da la impresión de que he estado aquí antes
- More weight is given to politics than poetry, history or writing, it would seem.
- So the sooner these countries are brought under the one umbrella the better, it would seem.
- It seems that the media training he is said to have had over the summer has had a positive effect.
- Well, it seems we are going to hear rather less of this stuff over the coming weeks.
- It seems to me that what the citizens want will most definitely not be what we get.
- It seems that there are people here who are cutting off their noses to spite their faces.
- Colleges and universities have come a long way from discussing beauty it would seem.
- On the basis of this evidence, it would seem that the battle against it is lost!
- On the face of it, it would seem that Canadian society is moving in a positive direction.
- Trying to get anywhere in this day and age, it seems, is just too fraught with danger.
- Roy's save was probably the best action on the pitch, though not, it would seem, of the afternoon.
- Superficially it would seem to have very little to do with an historic attack on Greece over a millennium before!
- You and your husband need to sit down and talk about your problems - at some length, it would seem.
- In fact, it would seem that investigative journalism in the media is no longer the norm.
- What is it in a country like this where we have everything, it would seem, at our fingertips?
- There is no redemption from punishment as rigid as this, it would seem, only escalation.
- Yet, it would seem that we are going to have a war whether we want it or not.
- In such a situation, it would seem that people do not have a real choice in our democracy.
- Edward is a perpetual student, it would seem, born in the year of the rooster!
- Alas, unless the place is being refurbished, it would seem that Porter Black's is no more.
2.2(in sb's opinion)parecerit seems to me/him/them that … — me/le/les parece que …
- it doesn't seem right to me — a mí no me parece bien
- it may seem silly to you, but … — a tí te parecerá una tontería, pero …
- how does it seem to you? — ¿a ti que te parece?
2.3(toning down statement)parecerthere would seem to be no alternative — parece que / al parecer / según parece, no queda otra alternativa
- we seem to be lost — parece (ser) que nos hemos perdido
- I can't seem to remember where I put it — no logro acordarme de dónde lo puse
- they don't seem to be here — no parecen estar aquí
- it seems to be closed — parece que está cerrado
- what seems to be the trouble? — veamos ¿de qué se trata?
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