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Barry: "Why won't the car start?"
Iris: "We seem to have enough gas. Maybe the battery is dead."

Is there gas in the tank?

Don't be fooled by the sunshine. It just seems nice out.

What does the second sentence suggest?

Reporter: "The president's speech seems to suggest that he agrees with the opposition."

What does 'seems to suggest' mean here?

It seems to me we've made a mistake.

What does this mean?

It was a seemingly bad decision.

Was it a bad decision?

Paul: It seemed like a bad decision at the time.
Chani: Well, it doesn't seem so bad now.

Was it a bad decision?

Sometimes I argue with my boyfriend because he just doesn't seem to care very much about our relationship.

The boyfriend doesn't care about his girlfriend and they should break up.

Money seemingly brings happiness.

Does money equal happiness according to this sentence?

Jason seems to be good at his job.

Will Jason get a promotion (better position and pay)?

She ________ to be a cook.

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296 Comments on “Basic English Vocabulary – SEEM”

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Thanks ! So amazing !!!

Saturday, May 11th 2013

    it seems that i am the only one who still need practice about word “seem”. I actually didn’t understand it. please expaplain more Adam!!

    Friday, May 17th 2013

      Hi Singleastronaut,

      Basically, ‘seem’ means that something appears to be a certain way, or feels a certain way, or sounds, etc., but is not necessarily so.

      I’m not sure if that helps, but if you give me a more specific question, maybe I can help you understand.

      Tuesday, May 21st 2013

        (he seems to be a good teacher) is it right sentence or not?

        Wednesday, September 25th 2013

          yeah it is right sentence. when you break this sentence, it means,”he seems that he is a good teacher” i hope you to have understood this form.

          Sunday, February 2nd 2014

        Hi Adam thanks for this amazing test, pleas I need some website when can I find more new words to increase my vocabulary!! thank you so much Adam!!

        Friday, October 4th 2013

        why the 7th is false ??
        it should be probably true

        Wednesday, August 16th 2017


    Is that correct if I say : ” She seems to be intelligent” and She seems intelligente?

    She seems to be nice and She seems nice?

    Is there any difference?

    Tuesday, October 15th 2013

It is another great lesson.

Thank you

Saturday, May 11th 2013

Hey Adam, It’s been awhile since the last video we miss you, thanks a lot for this great helpful lesson and thanks for your efforts,I didn’t foresee that SEEN would be like that.

Saturday, May 11th 2013

I’m only have got 3 right answer ;(( its really hard for me to pick up the lesson easily.. Teacher adam no matter what,I am going to understand it carefully.. Thank you..

Saturday, May 11th 2013

    Keep trying :)

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Hi, to begin with, I love your teaching and I really appreciate your sharing.
My question is:
Can I download the lessons on my blog so that more people may benefit from them? It is not for profit at all, but I simply want to rearrange or re-categorize them for more people to use them more easily and effectively based on their more accurate level. I tried to find some contact info but this seems to be the only way publicly available. FYI, I am a missionary. Thank you.

Saturday, May 11th 2013

Seems like this lesson is one of the best from your list, Adam

Saturday, May 11th 2013

Seem is a state verb and can’t add ING,how do you come up with seemingly.remember before it become an adverb,it already had Ing.

Saturday, May 11th 2013

    HI Cuong ta,

    There are actually adjectives in English that end with -ing. So, seeming can be used as an adjective (the seeming disparity between classes is widening) though it’s not as common. As a verb it is not used.
    Another example is the word ‘want’. It cannot be used as a verb in the -ing form, though wanting is an adjective (although the meaning is different-it means lacking).

    Hope that helps.

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

    Hi Cuong ta,

    There are adjectives in English that end with -ing. So, seeming can be used as an adjective (the seeming disparity between classes is widening) though it’s not as common. As a verb it is not used.
    Another example is the word ‘want’. It cannot be used as a verb in the -ing form, though wanting is an adjective (although the meaning is different-it means lacking).

    Hope that helps.

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

I’m sorry.

Saturday, May 11th 2013

Thanks Adam.
This is my request please:

If you teach a lesson about writing a Composition and the rules of punctuation.

Saturday, May 11th 2013

    On its way Brala :)

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Hey Adam, good class !! I would like you do a class about the preposition(on, in, at) in its day uses. Because I have much difficult to understand and even how to use them sometimes. Mainly in expressions !!

Thank you !!

Saturday, May 11th 2013

    yeah, I’m agree. It could be a very useful lesson

    Sunday, May 12th 2013

    Hi Ancelmoth,

    I’ll try to do one soon, but in the meantime, put it into the search box at the top of the page. we have some lessons on prepositions already.

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

      Ok Adam, I will check it.

      Thank you !!

      Thursday, May 23rd 2013

You got 10 correct out of 10.

Saturday, May 11th 2013

thank you very match

Saturday, May 11th 2013

Question 5) in the quiz: I’d suppose that the correct answer is “no”, according to the explanation in the vid. Not only weaker “probably not”.

Saturday, May 11th 2013

    Hi Helanr,

    Remember that if something seems to be a certain way, it could in fact be that way after all. When we use seem(ingly) most likely it’s not that way, but could be.

    Hope that helps

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Great as always!!!.Please can you explain the difference in pronunciation between wood an good.I am made a mess on this..thanks

Saturday, May 11th 2013

    Hi Pompero,

    With a North American accent (mostly) they sound the same; that is, the ‘ood’ sound is the same.
    Kind of hard to explain sounds with written words. Wish I could do more for you.

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Hi! Adam.
I’m happy to learn from you.
You seem to be good at teaching english.
however,Number 5 is hard to understand.
Could you more explain it,please?

Saturday, May 11th 2013

    Hi Ea9436,

    If the decision is seemingly bad, it means that it seemed bad at the time. Now it could actually be a good decision, so we think probably not a bad one.

    Does that help?

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013


      Saturday, July 6th 2013

Thanks Adam
What does “at the time” precisely mean in the above quiz?
Paul: It seemed like a bad decision at the time.
Chani: Well, it doesn’t seem so bad now.

Saturday, May 11th 2013

    Hi Rilomo,

    at the time actually means at the time :) in other words at THAT time that we are speaking about.

    Does that help?

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

      You mean in the past, right?

      Tuesday, May 21st 2013

        I just want to know if it means a certain time in the past.

        Tuesday, May 21st 2013

        If we are talking about the past, then yes. But we can use it for any time.

        I will go jogging tomorrow morning. I hope it won’t be raining at the time.

        Monday, June 10th 2013

Thank you Adam

Sunday, May 12th 2013

thanks a lot adam sir…..as usual, it’s also a great lesson given by you ……
i want to know the different between these two “you seem to be a hard worker, 2)it seem, you are a hard worker”. do both mean same?

Sunday, May 12th 2013

    “You seem to be a hard worker.”
    “It seems (that/like) you are a hard worker”.

    And yes, both mean the same.

    Thursday, May 16th 2013

      thanks a lot morfik……may you have a nice day dude……

      Friday, May 17th 2013

        Hi Thusan,

        Morfik gave a good answer. :)

        Tuesday, May 21st 2013

dear adam sir……
i’m confused at where to use “to be” , when to use, why to use “to be”. i’m comfortable with using “to be” in SEEM verb but i need to know other uses of “to be” except this case.
eg:1) i have to be there
2) i need to be taught ” to be”
here “to be” is used in passive & statement sentence. like this i can understand but i’m unable to master the ” to be”…….plz sir….i hope that you would help me soon.

Sunday, May 12th 2013

    Hi Thusan,

    It’s important to remember that in clause you can only have one main verb (verb with a tense). So, every time you have a main verb but still need another, you must use the infinitive form (usually with to -). To be is that second or third, etc. ) verb in the sentence.

    I have to be there–main verb – have. second verb to be.

    Does that help?

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

      hi,,,,,,,,my dear teacher …….
      thanks a lot…..of course i got it now if i obviously say i’m motivated further & further by you response each time ……

      Monday, May 27th 2013

      you should also tell the progressive use of ‘to be’

      Sunday, February 2nd 2014

In the Oxford or Merriam-Webster Dictionaries there is “seeming” as an adjective ( “The seeming simplicity of the instructions”)or as a noun (“her altruism is all seeming”).If I correctly understood it can not be used only as a verb.
Am I right? Thank you, very much!

Sunday, May 12th 2013

    Hi Arinamg,

    You are right, but be careful– you are not using seeming as a verb.

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

How I used grammer

Sunday, May 12th 2013

I am sorry!

Sunday, May 12th 2013

Hi Adam, as always you are fantastis and very clear in your explanations, and you seem a good person too.
Kisses from Barcelona

Sunday, May 12th 2013

90 :) thanks for new lesson. Could anybody to explain me an answer of 3 question. I don’t understand why it’s an interpretation of the reporter, why not “the president isn’t sure”?

Sunday, May 12th 2013

    Because the reporter knows nothing about what the president thinks.He just has the president’s speech. End the speech “seems to suggest”.But maybe the reporter misunderstands the text.

    Sunday, May 12th 2013

      “And” the speech…Not “end”.Sorry!

      Sunday, May 12th 2013

    Hi Beraliv,

    Arinamg gave a good answer. I’ll just add that we we interpret someone’s message, it is always safest to add ‘seems to say…’ or ‘seems’ to suggest…”. Otherwise we may be making a big mistake by making it sound like a fact.

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

      Thanks a lot :)

      Tuesday, May 21st 2013

i want ask u Mrs Adam that when we should use ” seem” and “sound” i often hear on movies ” it sounds good” it that equal ” it seems good” ?

Sunday, May 12th 2013

    Hi Sami,

    Yup. sound, look, feel, can all be used the same as seem. Seem is the catch-all for these tings. Although I will say that sound, for example, is a little more specific to sounds, look to appearance, etc. seem is more often used with a sense of something (ie. an idea).

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Thanks for explanations! I’m caught the main idea!

Sunday, May 12th 2013

Very clear lesson, Adam
I like seemingly adv.

Sunday, May 12th 2013

Hi There!

The topic seeeeems helpful the same as Always.

Wish u luck dear Adam,

Sunday, May 12th 2013

Hi there:

I have a question regarding “state verbs”: The verb “want” is a state verb or not? I’m asking this because I’ve stumbled upon some texts that said so, but other sources od information utilized the verb “want” with the “ing” termination. I need a clarification for that.


Sunday, May 12th 2013

    Hi David,

    wanting is an adjective. It means lacking (The young boy was wanting in social skills because he had lived in the jungle for most of his life). Not sure if that’s what you meant. Otherwise, you might see wanting as a verb sometimes but it’s bad English, like McDonald’s I’m loving it.

    Hope that helps

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

      Hi Adam:

      Many thanks for your clarification. I was referring to some sentences that I had read before, in which they were using the “ing” termination wrongly. But I didn’t know that “wanting” meant “lacking”, and many thanks for that new info for me.

      Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Thank you. I was watching James lesson on Youtube and then I came here and I founded the most important information. I good English exam in couple days and this is helping me a lot to prepare for it. It’s sad that I didn’t know this website before :/ Greetings!

Sunday, May 12th 2013

thanks for the lesson… Greetings from Costa Rica

Sunday, May 12th 2013

Hi Adam,what are you up to?

Sunday, May 12th 2013

Dear my brother ADEM
please give me your advice What is the synonym of word “seemingly” that I can use in all the sentences ?

Sunday, May 12th 2013

    It looks like? xD

    Thursday, May 16th 2013

    Hi Yousif,

    There are other expressions, such as Morfik’s suggestion -looks like, or appears to be, sounds like, feels like, etc.

    Hope that helps

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

I liked this video but I don´t understanding the adv.seemingly Adam,give me a hand with this adv.please!

Sunday, May 12th 2013

    Well, I understood as “aparentemente”. And the verb “understand” is another verb that we cannot use in the “ing” form. We can’t say “understanding”. I hope I helped you. Bye!

    Monday, May 13th 2013

    Hi Grazisil,

    When you want to describe an adjective or action as not necessarily what it appears, or you’re making a guess, you can use seemingly. He seems good at his job or he is seemingly good at his job. The first could be either good or not, but the second has more the idea that he’s not.

    Does that help?

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

thanx alot :)

Sunday, May 12th 2013

thanks ADAM

Sunday, May 12th 2013

Thank you, Adam ;)

Monday, May 13th 2013

thanks adam…

and all beaUTIFULL PEOPLE FROM OVERALL IN THE WORLD… meeting here to learning english…
i learn a lot from your talking here…

Monday, May 13th 2013

Thank you

Monday, May 13th 2013

hi Adam. thanks. it is very good lesson. before this lesson, it seems and it is are the same concept for me. it seems i will learn speaking in English very good :)

Monday, May 13th 2013

very interesting thanks a lot

Monday, May 13th 2013


Monday, May 13th 2013

it seems to learn English quickly

Monday, May 13th 2013

thanks for all

Monday, May 13th 2013

Hi! Thank you!

I am confused with the stuff like

nice out, warm out and etc with out…

Could you explain it pls?


Monday, May 13th 2013

    Hi dboyko,

    It simply means outside. Nice out= nice outside. We use it to describe the weather basically.

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

thank you

Monday, May 13th 2013

thanks a lot for this good lesson. I don’t understand this sentence: “Don’t be fooled by the sunshine. It just seems nice out.”
Someone can explain the meaning. Thank you

Monday, May 13th 2013

    “Don’t let the sun’s brightness to trick you. It look like a warm day, but it’s cold.”
    This is how I understand the sentence.I hope it helps you.

    Thursday, May 16th 2013

    Hi Mclaude,

    Arinamg is right. It looks nice outside, but it’s actually cold and windy (or not nice somehow).

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

thank you

Monday, May 13th 2013

Buenas tardes Adan! Es mi primera clase y es increible como usted se hace entender de bien. Muchas gracias y felicitaciones!!!

Monday, May 13th 2013

thank you

Monday, May 13th 2013

Thank you Adam! 8/10 in quiz :)

Monday, May 13th 2013

Hey guys from EngVid! Can people download these videos? I mean if it’s legal. Will I have problems with law if I download these videos and send them to other people, or use in a class, or even upload them to my blog, etc?

Tuesday, May 14th 2013

Great. Thank you so much

Tuesday, May 14th 2013

I don´t know how will get by without you…don´t stop teaching people this wonderful language… congratulations.

Tuesday, May 14th 2013

Thanks for very useful lesson !!!

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

It’s very useful

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

Hi all,
I am a beginner.
I dont still understand what is there difference between “SEEM” and “SEEM TO BE”?
Who can help me?
thanks a lot :)

Wednesday, May 15th 2013

    Hi Heyaheya,

    seem + adjective (He seems nice)
    seem + to be + noun or action (The storm seems to be getting closer)

    Does that help?

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

      Thanks for your reply so much :)

      Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

Thank you!!

Thursday, May 16th 2013

Hello Adam, I know that Americans don’t see any difference between the past perfect continuous and past continuous, so basically “I was looking for you” and “I had been looking for you” means the same. With that being said, can we do the same with present continuous and present perfect continuous? I also know that we can use present continuous referring to a situation in the future, for example “I’m doing it later today”. So, is that possible to say “I’m looking for you all day”, or do I have to say “I’ve been looking for you all day”? I’m asking because if people don’t see any difference between those two past tenses, and the construction of the two present tenses is alike, logically, the rule should be applied to them too, and if it’s not, why people don’t see any difference between the two past tenses?

Thursday, May 16th 2013

    Hi Morfik,

    A little complicated. Firstly, I think that many native English users don’t use the past perfect (simple or continuous) correctly because they might not really know it very well. There is a difference, but it can easily slide. As for the present continuous, it “feels” like something is happening right now, so we lose the effect of the past that comes with the perfect tense. After all, the present perfect involves the past and present while the past perfect is still only about the past, As for the pres. cont for future, it has specific uses as well (i.e. to talk about scheduled events in the future).

    Not sure I actually gave you an answer, but, again, English is a language of rules that were (in many cases) made to be broken.

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

1. I’ve watched some episodes of “Game of Thrones” and people there often say something using modal + have + pp, for example:

“It would have been so nice for you to have a friend.”
“He would have killed you and cut Bran’s throat.”
“Jaime would have killed him.”
“He wasn’t himself. Otherwise he never would have said it.”
“We could have been 10 miles away from here by now on the way to Asshai.
You would have been safe.”
“I would have killed the man who did that to me. You should have known she was a whore.”
“If he were alive, we could have used him to broker a peace with Winterfell and Riverrun, which would have given us more time to deal with Robert’s brothers.”

The question is can we replace, for example, “you should have known” with “you should know”?

2. What is the difference between these two?
“I’m no lord”
“I’m not a lord”

Is this an old speech or something (the first one)? I saw that people in the movie use “be + no” very often. Generally, I would use “I’m not a lord”, so that’s why I’m asking.

Thursday, May 16th 2013

    1. When we add the modal it means we’re talking about a past situation that is irrelevant now, and so hypothetical, which is what that form implies.

    2. I’m no expert, but …
    Actually, this is pretty common and ok.

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Adam, I’m not sure if you remember my other question concerning “what” and “how” difference, but I have the English-Spanish book, and now I can write what I wanted to say. :)

So, there is a section “how to ask about someone’s name”, and there is also a description/translation:

“What (lit. how) are you called, what is your name?

Thursday, May 16th 2013

    Sorry Morfik, I can’t recall the question, but it sounds a little strange to ask How/What are you called. You’re right– technically it’s correct, but just “feels” strange. Maybe in an old Western (movie). ;)

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

That was wonderful lesson thanks David

Friday, May 17th 2013

That was wonderful lesson thanks Adam

Friday, May 17th 2013

Thank you Adam,
last week i encountered a terrifying question from my student.
he asked :’teacher: what is the difference among : fault, wrong and false.’
i told him ‘you forgot mistake and error’ and then i walked away politely.
So, would you please tell us the difference among these words.
Thank you again

Friday, May 17th 2013

    hasn’t it been approved yet?!!!

    Saturday, May 18th 2013

    Hi Mansour,

    fault- an imperfection (in a person or thing or logic)- something that doesn’t work right

    Wrong- not correct (such as a wrong answer)or not moral (stealing is wrong)

    false- not true. (usually about something spoken or written)

    mistake and error are synonyms but generally mean an attempt at something that didn’t work correctly.

    Does that help?

    Tuesday, May 21st 2013

      Thank you Adam. Sure, that helps and thank you for the prompt response you are my teacher.

      Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

      at the university, there was a whole material equals three accredited hours called ERROR ANALYSIS it shows the difference between errors and mistakes. the difference here is still unknown to me and yet vague please

      Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

        I looked it up. There are differences in terms of technical usage, the main one being that errors cannot be self-corrected, while mistakes can be. However, I would say that in everyday speech, they are interchangeable and are chosen according to formality of language. In other words, learners of English probably shouldn’t get to caught up in the subtle semantic differences.

        Monday, June 10th 2013

Hello Adam. I’m a new student from Cambodia.i got only 3 points on your quiz. but it doesn’t mean that you didn’t explain well. because of myself ,i’ll try to watch your teaching again.
Thank very much.
Heng Lay

Saturday, May 18th 2013

Quizzes made by Adam seem very difficult than others

Sunday, May 19th 2013

Quizzes’ Adam seem very difficult than others.

Sunday, May 19th 2013

You got 8 correct out of 10.

Tuesday, May 21st 2013

Thank You so much Adam <3

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

Hi, Adam! The lesson seemed to be easy, but I’ve got 7 out of 10. So the lesson is appeared to be seemingly easy.

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

How about sounds like. Can you explain for me,please

Wednesday, May 22nd 2013

Dear Adam!Thank you so much for all lessons you’ve made for us!You’re really great teacher.I like the way you explain and make everything easy for us.I’d like to ask you to make a special lesson about phrases like “here we go” or “there we go”…if hey have any difference and how to use them in a proper way. It’ll be really appreciated if you can help me. Thank you a lot in advance.

Friday, May 24th 2013

Adam, explain how to pronounce English words ending in -our.
for example – detour, pour

Адам, объясните как правильно произносятся Английские слова заканчивающиеся на -our.

Friday, May 24th 2013

Hi, Adam
The quiz seems very difficult. I probably not very clear the question N.6. Could you please explain that?
Very nice lesson.

Saturday, May 25th 2013

When someone really seems not care about you means you must break up the relationship. I don’t know why you always to wondering about his love. If i’m wrong correct me.

Saturday, May 25th 2013

Thanks, very interesting lesson!

Saturday, May 25th 2013

thanks a lot Adam.It was amazing lesson

Saturday, May 25th 2013

hi Adam, .first thank a lot for this amazing lesson it’s really helpful :).
my issue is in seemingly, i’m a little bit confuse and on the quiz I did mistake on this part
could you just explain it to me again and what I understood form the lesson is it means contrary when it’s come in the sentence
thanks again again :)

Sunday, May 26th 2013

thanx adam

Sunday, May 26th 2013

So great lesso … Thanks

Sunday, May 26th 2013

You got 3 correct out of 10.
:( ……. oh my god

Sunday, May 26th 2013

it awesomeness lessons , it seems helpfully with our expressions when we explain something or someone .. I like it

Sunday, May 26th 2013

Very useful, thank you!

Monday, May 27th 2013

I don’t know clearly some words when they are putting together in a sentence.
Ex: don’t be fooled by sunshine. It’s really nice out. “nice out” I don’t know what that mean. Because of my language is different, we say work by work so it’s sometimes make me confused. “nice out” in this situation means “bad, bad weather, cold?”

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

Ps: word by word, sr I’m make a mistake =)) cause I’m a beginer.

Word by word, it means:

+Nice – beautiful

+Out – sth like going out, or in outside

and put it in together I maybe understand by adding the meaning of both, it’s so silly.

Wednesday, May 29th 2013

Very difficult!!
But I got 90!!
Thank you!!

Friday, May 31st 2013

A little suggestion, Adam: My American pals quite often use the negative form of ‘seem’ + infinitive when they talk to me (e.g. ‘You don’t seem to be happy about this situation at all’) so, I guess, this aspect should have been added to your explanation … Just my two cents …

Friday, May 31st 2013

Thank you.

Monday, June 3rd 2013

Great lesson

Friday, June 7th 2013

Hi Adam ,

Thanks for all yours lessons. I am kind of confused with the usage of the word literally. Could you please do a lesson on that for me ?

Friday, June 7th 2013


Saturday, June 8th 2013

thank you so much Adam

Saturday, June 8th 2013

It was seemingly confusing at first, but I got
10 correct out of 10! Thanks!

Sunday, June 9th 2013

Fantastic work guys. Keep it up. Add more difficult idioms and Vocabulary. Use of latin words or phrase in English too will be helpful. Love you all except Ronnie as her accent is not clear but then she is beautiful I can watch :)

Monday, June 10th 2013

Hi Adam
In quiz N. 5 It was a seemingly bad decision.

Was it a bad decision?
why you choose probably no ?

Tuesday, June 11th 2013

Great lesson. Thank you Adam. Could you make a lesson explaining how to use the word “Rather”.. I think it would be a very usefull one. God bless you.

Tuesday, June 11th 2013

Dear Adam,

What about ‘seem like’?
Ex. It seems like you’re ready.

Does it have to same meaning as ‘seem’ ?


Thursday, June 13th 2013

“Don’t be fooled by the sunshine” what does it mean, i am not understanding the meaning of this sentence. Will you kindly explain?

Thursday, June 13th 2013

Hi Adam csn you please explain 3rd n 5th question

Friday, June 14th 2013

it’s really difficult for me. i don’t understand :((

Saturday, June 15th 2013

This lesson was really helpful, Adam.
But The thing I’d really like you to explain is the difference between ”seem and look like ” and the ways we might use them depending on the context…. hope you can reply soon….

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

Here are my mistakes. I marked by * my choices of answers.

5. It was a seemingly bad decision.

Was it a bad decision?
no *
probably not

In the lesson video you said that seemingly means that object is pretends and really not like that it seemingly :). But right answer is “probably not”. Why?

6. Paul: It seemed like a bad decision at the time.
Chani: Well, it doesn’t seem so bad now.

Was it a bad decision?
probably not
no *

I understood this dialog at this way. It was some decision that they thought, probably, bad, but now they make sure, that it wasn’t bad indeed. May I interpret it so, or there is only one way to understand?

7. Sometimes I argue with my boyfriend because he just doesn’t seem to care very much about our relationship.

The boyfriend doesn’t care about his girlfriend and they should break up.
true *

That was completly my error.

Tuesday, June 18th 2013

8/10 it make me proud myself,thanks Adam

Wednesday, June 19th 2013

i got 8/10 :)) thank you Mr Adam

Monday, June 24th 2013


Wednesday, June 26th 2013

I got 7/10. I will try again.

Thanks so much!! for this leason

Wednesday, June 26th 2013

Can I say, you are seemingly busy?

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Well, I’ve got 10/10 on the quiz. It seems that I understood the whole lesson.
Adam, you’re a amazing teacher, and I hope I can learn more and more with your videos.
What I have to say is: Thank you !

Thursday, June 27th 2013

Thank you Mr. Adam.

Friday, June 28th 2013

I enjoy doing this test….Thanks Adam.

Saturday, July 6th 2013

Thanks Adam!

Tuesday, July 9th 2013

Thanx Adam… 6/10…:(

Wednesday, July 10th 2013

I am little bit confused about question 2.Ok normally the second sentence suggests that the weather is not like actually what it seems but also it can be really cold or too hot out :) so I think both of cases could be true.

Friday, July 12th 2013

    yes I support you

    Wednesday, July 17th 2013

Thanks Adam, excellent work.

Friday, July 12th 2013

thank you by the lesson was very goog from colombia

Monday, July 29th 2013

hi adam thank you for you explanation
just tell me how i can organize the information in my mind

Monday, July 29th 2013

YES that help!thanks

Friday, August 2nd 2013

thank You:-) I had 9:-)

Saturday, August 3rd 2013


Sunday, August 4th 2013

Thank you teacher Adam! hope you have more videos other basic English!Good luck

Friday, August 9th 2013

The best teacher ever!

Monday, August 12th 2013

lacked captions in the lessons …. I’m still newbie
more class is incredible. (g. translat)

Thursday, September 5th 2013

Hi Adam,
thanks for this lesson but it seem to me that i need to do more practice ,I have one question what if we use it appears to me i need more practice or it seem to me i need more practice is it interchangeable or not i would be gland to hear from your end .

Saturday, September 7th 2013

Hi Adam,
thank u very much for your effort, you are a good teacher. I like this site and watch more videos every day , i can improve my language without taking any courses , great thanks

Saturday, September 14th 2013

Hi Adam ,,,
good lesson and thanks it really help me,,,
but I`m confuse, that the test no 5 I got wrong answer.
so would u please explain what is the different at this two sentence:
1. It seems a bad decision
2. it was seemingly bad decision
cause you said that seemingly it mean “pretend to be …..”

Friday, September 27th 2013

it seems good decision which I’ve taken go through your lessons. it works well.
thank you

Friday, October 4th 2013

Thanks adam !

Friday, October 4th 2013

Thanks for your lesson.

Tuesday, October 8th 2013

. It was a seemingly bad decision.

Was it a bad decision?

i got this question wrong in the quiz?? can you explain further.


Wednesday, October 9th 2013

any one ready to interact oraly…..skype id karthik.reddy235

Friday, October 25th 2013

Excellent, as usual. Thanks

Sunday, October 27th 2013

Hello Adam! My name Barang from Cambodia. I always enjoy to learn English with you. I have a wonder.I see in one dictionary We can use Seeming as Adj,(its mean Apparent or ostensible)
The seeming truth of their theories. His seeming honesty. Can you please explain me about these using?

Tuesday, November 12th 2013

The question of number 5 seems to me that the correct answer is no, or maybe I don’t understand very well the lesson.
Seemingly refers the idea of false, untrue or not?
however this is a great lesson, thanks Adam.

Friday, November 15th 2013

Hi friends.I`m new here.but I can`t watch any video here.as YOUTUBE is banned in Pakistan.so what should I do?I need your help.thanks

Tuesday, November 19th 2013

Hi Adam.. u r doing best teacher that I have ever had… thanks for this lesson.

Tuesday, November 26th 2013

thanks Mr. Adam, I got 60%.

Tuesday, December 10th 2013

Hello Adam. first Thanks for this useful lesson.
but I have a question.
Can I say;
She appears to be good at her job’ instead of She seems to be good at her job.

I dont know it is correctly sentence but I remember I’ve heard to use of this kind of sentence. of course I’m not sure.

or for any example. If I am mıstaken please correct me. Can I use it(seem and appear)in the same examples

Thursday, December 12th 2013

Thank you Adam!9/10 .

Sunday, January 12th 2014

Hi Adam
I got 9 correct out of 10. Thank you!
I have questions though, it would be great if someone solves my problem. The question is below.
what’s different between “She seems to be good at her job” and ” She seems good at her job.”? What’s the meaning of each one?
Here is my thoughts:
1. Does sentence 1 mean “She is probably good at her job” ? Which means she has a good quality for her job and excels at her job?
2. Do we use sentence 2? I saw your reply to Heyaheya, which states “seem+adjective”. In sentence 2, I think “good” can be used as an adjective so it’s okay with sentence 2? while it means she is in a good condition at her job? Or it’s just a problem of the preposition “at”? Such as “in her job”?

Wednesday, January 22nd 2014

Hey great lesson adam i learn a lot! i can say i have been improving my english with all these lessons. Thank!!

Monday, January 27th 2014

Thanks Adam.

Thursday, January 30th 2014

Hi, Adam. Thank you for your lesson. But i don’t understand one point. You explain that “seemingly” means “no”. In question 5 right answer is “PROBABLY no”. Why? Can you explain this?

Sunday, February 2nd 2014

Hi Adam, are the worlds ending with ly are adverbs?

Monday, February 10th 2014

Hi Adam you are good teacher.I could not find any lesson teaching us to discribe.How and where these word we use.Pain-sour-hurt.Thanks

Thursday, February 27th 2014

Hell Mr.Adam,thank you very much for your effort. And I would like you,if it’s possible, to make a little lesson about the difference between whom & whose!
Thank you.

Wednesday, March 12th 2014

Hello Mr.Adam,I’m sorry it’s hello in my last comment!
And Adam I’d like to know the difference between whom & whose please.
Thank you.

Sunday, March 16th 2014

Hello Mr.Adam,I Like the way you teach.Thanks a lot.

Monday, March 24th 2014

Thanks Adam, your video is very useful and you’re very clear in your explanation.

Sunday, March 30th 2014

Very helpful lesson. Thank you, Adam!

Wednesday, April 2nd 2014

Thank you Mr Adam.

Friday, May 2nd 2014

difficult lesson and test
first test l got only 40%
l watched the video again and then l got 60%
l’ll pratice more TT

Sunday, May 11th 2014

it seems easy thank you.

Wednesday, May 21st 2014

Hii Adam I’m Confused IN Quiz 5th Question Why The Answer Is Probably Not Why Not It’s Simply “No”

Thursday, June 12th 2014

thnk u adams for ur short lesson

Saturday, June 21st 2014

Thank you teacher Adam for your lesson.

Monday, June 30th 2014

Thanks Adam Teacher.But I couldn’t understand the third question. Can you explain it?

Wednesday, July 9th 2014

hii Adam, aftr watching video went thru the quiz..still m confused with the exact meaning of sentences which contains SEEMS, any help?

Friday, July 18th 2014

He seems to be good at teaching..

Sunday, July 20th 2014

    I agree with you, he has the style of teaching.

    Monday, August 4th 2014

Hi Adam. I do really enjoy your short lesson about seem. I got 60% for the quiz. :) but still confuse with “seems to be”. In the quiz, I found “seems to have”, my question is, can “be” exchanged by another word such as “have”? Is the meaning still the same? Oya, in Indonesia, sometimes some of my friends use “seems like”. I didn’t find “seems like” in your explanation. So, is “seems like” true? (Hopefully you understand what I mean. Sorry, my english is not good).
I’m waiting for your reply. Thanks, Adam! :)

Wednesday, July 30th 2014


Friday, August 1st 2014

things seems to be better!!!

Monday, August 4th 2014

Thank you for this lesson. I am learning so much with you.

Saturday, August 30th 2014

Thanks Adam, Very well explanation with some nice examples.

Tuesday, September 30th 2014

Hello Adam Sir.Plz make a video on “ACROSS”.

Tuesday, October 7th 2014

Adam please check this:
5. It was a seemingly bad decision.

Was it a bad decision?
probably not
The answer should be “no” depending your lesson at



Am i right?

Friday, October 10th 2014

Hi Adam,

In hot countries like Brazil, to this question:

Don’t be fooled by the sunshine. It just seems nice out.

This answer seems more apropriate:

The sun is actually not nice and will burn you.

Am I wrong?


Sunday, November 2nd 2014

Hi there,the lesson is quite understanding,but i’m wondering,i saw somewhere that v. to be is not using with state verbs,how come that seem does? :)
Thanks in advance. :)

Sunday, November 9th 2014

thx adam for this lesson but sorry adam i don t understand more for seemingly tell me more about it if you can

Monday, November 10th 2014

Thanks Adam…

Friday, November 28th 2014

“Money seemingly brings happiness” seems to me like “looks like money bring happiness”.
For this reason I said “Yes”, “money equal happiness”.
Why is this wrong?

Friday, November 28th 2014

thank you adam. are there any videos about the difference of look and seem

Wednesday, December 24th 2014

Thank Adam.
Easy the explication.

Monday, January 12th 2015

You make English very easy!thanks a lot Adam.

Thursday, January 22nd 2015

Thank you Adam.

Sunday, January 25th 2015

can you plz give me your fb page name i want to follow you there

Friday, January 30th 2015

Could you tell me please how the verb seem will change in Past tense with negative? Sorry for my English:)

Sunday, February 1st 2015

Dear Mr. Adam,

the lesson given by you is very effective even i learnt a lot from your this lesson but can you please elaborate the use of word SEEM please

Sunday, February 1st 2015

anyone interested in learning or practing english language can add me on my facebook id vikasbansal1992@yahoo.in by sending reuest.

becuase together we can achieve more.

Sunday, February 1st 2015

Thank you.

Thursday, February 5th 2015

thank you for your effort.
I guess; I understood partly
For Example;
‘You seem sick,you should go to hospital’

Tuesday, February 10th 2015


Monday, February 16th 2015

god bless you teacher

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Thank you!

Tuesday, February 24th 2015

Hi Adam !!! ) Your good lesson, but questions … bad. Very complicated questions. So I said, only 5 out of 10 (

Thursday, March 5th 2015

thanks U , U are great Adam Sir.

Friday, March 27th 2015

Thanks Adama I have one question for you. Would you mind answering my question for me ? Is I’ve been wanting to do something gramatically incorrect ? When I listen to somenone who is native speaker they always use that way.I have asked my non-native speaker English teacher he said me that it was incorrect.In my opinion it is correct because you are trying to emphasize your desire to do something until the cows come home although state verb cannot take ing which is like want.That’s just my two cents.I wonder what is your opinion about this subject Adam ?

Tuesday, March 31st 2015

    yes, it’s incorrect, if you want to emphasize it, you only have to add some words like: really.
    i really want to……
    Because want is a state verb, you can’t use this that way :)

    Sunday, April 10th 2016

it seems very difficult to use this word correctly but after watching this video.it doesn’t seem difficult anymore

Sunday, April 12th 2015

Hi, Adam. I really liked your lesson:)
Just I have a couple of questions..
In what situations can we use “he seemed kind” and so on in the past?
And are these two sentences different: “she seems good” and “it seems to me she’s good”?

Thank you in advance!))

Monday, May 11th 2015

In the videos, you have said that ‘he is seemingly nice ‘ means ‘he is not nice (he pretends to be nice)’. But in the 5th quiz question ,why the answer is not ‘NO’?

Wednesday, June 17th 2015

thank you teacher

Sunday, June 21st 2015

Maybe my comment is too late to post but I would to Thank Adam for this great lesson, there are always some things new to learn with you. You became one of my favorite teachers, if not the most :).

Sunday, August 2nd 2015

thanks Adam sir

Sunday, August 2nd 2015

thanks adam. it’s very helpful

Friday, September 18th 2015

it’s seems i learnt somthing ….. :D i learnt …

Friday, October 30th 2015

awesome lesson! thank you!

Saturday, December 12th 2015

Very nice…

Wednesday, December 23rd 2015

very useful. Thank you so much

Thursday, January 28th 2016

Hello Adam,
thank you very much for all of your lessons, including this one ^_^

But I’ve got a little question. There is a sentence in the quiz which makes me feel confused, “It was a seemingly bad decision”. Is this sentence correct, or we should say, “It was seemingly a bad decision”?

Friday, January 29th 2016

Thanks you so much Adam, thanks

Thursday, February 18th 2016

thank you Adam.

Tuesday, February 23rd 2016

Thank you, I seem understand better.

Thursday, February 25th 2016

Sorry-Akop Sogbatyan

Thursday, March 3rd 2016

Thanks Adam!Its Really enjoying and helpfull to learn english here.

Tuesday, March 22nd 2016

Thanks Adam.I love to follow your videos and its help me a lot to improve my English grammar.

Wednesday, April 6th 2016

thank you adam, love your lesson

Sunday, April 10th 2016

Thank you so much for the lesson, Adam.

Sunday, May 8th 2016

very tricky one! one needs to be looked into carefully!

Wednesday, June 15th 2016

it seems im the one who loooong way behind all of you guys

Saturday, June 18th 2016

Thanks Adam^^

Sunday, July 10th 2016

I got 60%,,, yeah. but keep striving to understand better!

Wednesday, August 24th 2016

it seems to me the usage of this state does cause confusions

Tuesday, August 30th 2016

Thanks Adam. Very nice lesson :) Adam, you seems to be very good teacher ( But I am sure, you are good teacher ^^ )

Friday, September 16th 2016

Thank you for the lesson!:)

Friday, October 28th 2016

thnkq sir …for giving dis …

Sunday, November 20th 2016

Hi Adam: I need to clarify 1 thing: You used “He seems nice” & “She seems to be good at her job”. Why can’t you use “She seems good”. You said it’s because you’re describing a quality of her, but nice is also a quality, so it showld be “She seems to be nice”. Thanks.

Monday, November 28th 2016

Thanks but I don’t very understand

Thursday, December 15th 2016

Hi, Adam,
Could you please teach me how to use “almost/nearly” correctly? I studied the difference from Chinese teachers, however, it seems very complex, I don’t want to just memorize the rule, I want to know “why”….Thanks a lot.

Friday, December 16th 2016

Hi Adam
Does seemingly kind of indicate that something appear to have certain quality but actually it doesn’t.

Sunday, December 25th 2016

I know I will get better!

Friday, January 6th 2017

Hey Adam,
Is ‘SEE’ a state Verb?

Wednesday, January 25th 2017

What is the difference between SEEM and LOOK?

She seems nice. OR She seems to be good at job.
She looks nice. OR She looks to be good at job.

Are they interchangeable?

Sunday, February 12th 2017

I like bring more like this. Thanks SIR.

Friday, March 3rd 2017

Hi Adam,

Thank you so much for your all useful lectures..

Wednesday, April 12th 2017

Can I say “He seems like a boss” or “He is seemingly like a boss”.

Sunday, July 16th 2017

Hi my names badar khadar
I like your vid

Saturday, July 29th 2017

You are the bast teacher

Saturday, July 29th 2017

5. It was a seemingly bad decision. Was it a bad decision?
I think the correct answer should be “no”
because “seemingly” means the opposite of what follows.

Monday, October 16th 2017

Hi, I got 9 out of 10. It seems to me that I have learned my lesson.

Sunday, October 22nd 2017

Hi Adam…please expkaine more about questions 3,5 and 6…

Sunday, February 11th 2018

Hi Adam…please explaine more about questions 3,5 and 6…

Monday, February 12th 2018

is it correct . you seems to be chef
do you think he seemingly to be good at her job

can you correct it or is it right sentence

Thursday, February 7th 2019

Money seemingly brings happiness. The answer is “Definitly YES” :) :)

Sunday, February 17th 2019

Hi . 7/10 not bad

Thursday, April 11th 2019

He is seemingly nice = He is being nice?

Tuesday, February 25th 2020

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