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Is it acceptable to drop that 'to be' or 'to have been' parts when using the verb 'seem' before a noun/noun phrase?

The author — as it seems his custom — does not specify the age of his characters.

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    Yep, perfectly fine, common, and idiomatic. – Dan Bron Sep 26 '15 at 21:27
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    -as seems his custom- sounds more natural. – Joe Dark Sep 26 '15 at 21:44

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