(something) seems to (do, have, or be something)
You can say that something "seems to be ___" when you notice something but you're not completely sure that you have identified it correctly. For example, if you're video chatting and it takes her a few extra seconds to answer your questions, you can say:
You can also use "seems to..." to politely point out a problem.
For example, imagine that you're paying for a shirt that you buy at a department store, and you give the cashier some cash. But after he counts it, he says to you:
You seem to be a bit short.
That means "You don't have enough money." But the cashier just says "You seem to be..." to be polite. "Seems to..." is a way to act like you might be wrong about what you've seen or heard, even if you're actually sure that you're correct.
This phrase appears in these lessons:
- “I bought these here earlier today, but when I got them home I discovered that one of them seems to have a hole in it.”
- “Ma'am, it seems to be six pounds over the allowed weight. There will be an additional overweight baggage charge for that.”
- “You seem to have a hairline fracture in one of the minor bones in your foot.”
- “The clouds seem to be clearing up, so that's good.”