I was curious about the original structure of the sentences.

It seems correct.

Original version:

It seems to be correct.

Well, it is a very well known fact.

But what about the ones that use that clause and like/as if clause?

Is it possible to say that the original structure, or the implied structure is as below?

It seems that he is hurt.

Original version:

It seems to be that he is hurt.


It seems like/as if he is hurt.

Original version:

It seems to be like/as if he is hurt.

When I googled "it seems to be that", there were quite many examples, and it doesn't sound completely off to me, where as "it seems to be like/as if" returned barely any result at all and sounds completely off.

Is my analysis correct, or are these two sentences with seem as a linking verb something completely different?

closed as unclear what you're asking by Hot Licks, user140086, TrevorD, curiousdannii, tchrist Jun 12 '16 at 4:13

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