Would it be correct if I said "it seems incorrect for me"? Should I prefer the following form "it seems to be incorrect for me".

  • They are both correct but imply slightly different meanings. It really depends more on the context. Jun 26, 2015 at 18:09
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    @Blubberguy22 "slightly different meanings" what is the difference?
    – BergP
    Jun 26, 2015 at 18:12
  • it depends on the context, but they don't really mean anything different, just that they create a different feeling. The to be one is more connected to the object that is seeming incorrect while the other is more connected to the me. Jun 26, 2015 at 18:14
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    FYI, according to Google search, "incorrect to me" is about two thousand times more common phrasing than "incorrect for me"
    – Avon
    Jun 26, 2015 at 18:23
  • Prepositions are little words with many meanings, overlapping, setting and context dependent.
    – Misti
    Jun 26, 2015 at 18:35

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There are various possible contexts here which call for different treatments.

It seems incorrect to me that 2 + 2 equals 5. For would be entirely inappropriate in this example.

It seems incorrect for me, a distant relative, to comment on the upbringing of their children. For is perfectly proper in this instance.

In either of these two instances one could add to be after seems and it would make no difference to the meaning

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