Seems like Vs Seems to be

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Seems like Vs Seems to be

Post by Brahman » Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:34 am

Is there any difference between the following two sentences?

1. He seems like an American.
2. He seems to be an American.

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Re: Seems like Vs Seems to be

Post by Alan » Thu Aug 02, 2018 7:47 am

Yes, the first is rather unnatural.

Cf, e.g.

He seems like a nice person.

where a more subjective view is being expressed.