229 – It Seems vs It Sounds – Conversational Phrase Lesson

MichaelADConversational Phrases 8 Comments

Seem & sound are both used to talk about what our impression of something, but the way we use these words is different. For today’s English lesson, let’s have a look at how we use seem & sound in everyday English.

Here are the example sentences:
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  • That sounds nice.
  • That seems nice.

Using seem:

  • It seems cold outside.
  • My dog seems comfortable sleeping on the sofa.
  • You seemed tired today. Are you okay?
  • This movie seems to be interesting. Let’s go see it.
  • Everyone seems to enjoy this podcast.
  • Jack seems to know everything about computers. You should ask him for help.
  • It seems that Jack had some trouble at the conference. I want to talk to him when he gets back.
  • It seems if we don’t make a decision now we might lose this opportunity.
  • It seems like all of the students are interested in the lesson.

Using sound:

  • A one-week vacation in Hawaii. That sounds great.
  • You have homemade bread? That sounds delicious.
  • Jack’s family is going to Disneyland. That sounds fun. I’d like to go there someday.
  • That was a tough meeting today. It sounds like the boss isn’t happy.
  • Bob said he needs to replace all the computers in the office. That sounds like a lot of work.
  • I hear some loud talking. It sounds like Jack is arguing with someone.

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Comments 8

  1. Hi Michael Two questions, please. When Is necessary to add “it seems to me? Another one: sound and look like can be used with The same sense?

    1. Hi Sergio,
      Sure thing! I think we use “it seems to me” for emphasis: It seems to me that you are serious about English.
      Q2: Yes. The focus of sound is what we hear, and the focus of look is our eyes. That cake looks delicious!

  2. Mohamed, yes…you are correct. "It seams like he is tired" is the same as "it seems as if he is tired" and "it seems as if he is tired" I think as if and as though sound a bit more formal than like does.

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