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Is this a sentence: Seems we could use some shaping from our building practices today.

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Formally? No.

It's missing a subject.

But in informal settings it's fine. The subject is elided.

Our department seems we could use some shaping from our building practices today.

or

It seems we could use some shaping from our building practices today.

etc.

  • Thanks ! so with your 2nd suggestion, the subject would be 'It' , verb would be 'seems' , then what is the direct object? – marymary Apr 22 '16 at 5:08
  • The direct object is the NP some shaping from our building practices. The verb "seem" has no object, but has the content clause we could use some shaping from our building practices today as complement. The main verb of that clause is transitive "use" which takes the aforementioned direct object. – BillJ Apr 22 '16 at 14:53
  • The direct object of the subord clause (.. could use..) is not 'the' direct obj. 'Content clause is an obscuring name for a direct object which is an event. 'It' is 'nature it'; there is an elided 'that' after 'seems'; the direct obj of 'seems' is the entire clause 'we could use ...', which can be accomplished in memory by linking to its verb (could use). – AmI Apr 22 '16 at 22:22

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