The following sentence:

  1. The idea that we are all created equal seems absurd to me.

Seems better to me than:

  1. The idea seems absurd that we are all created equal.

Is it correct to use seems/that in the way the second sentence does?

Note: these sentences are for example only and do not necessarily reflect my own views.

  • Both are valid; the first is more usual, because the second may be more difficult to interpret. – Anton Sherwood Jul 4 at 20:17

The second one is 100% incorrect. It is common, which is a shame, but that is a determiner that should come after the noun it is about to describe--in this case idea. Seems absurd should follow the entirety of the idea. Thus, the first one is correct.

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