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• Unit 1:  Negative and interrogative sentences
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• Unit 3:  Question tags
• Unit 4:  Questions and exclamations
• Unit 5:  So, neither, nor, either
• Unit 6:  Be, used to, would, be/get/become used to, dare, have, get, become, grow, go, turn, fall and feel
• Unit 7:  Verb tenses: forms
• Unit 8:  Irregular verbs
• Unit 9:  Verb tenses: uses
• Unit 10:  Personal pronouns, possessives and reflexive pronouns
• Unit 11: The genitive case
• Unit 12: Singular and plural nouns
• Unit 13: Gender
• Unit 14: A, an, some, any, no, not, none, each, every and the; compounds of some, any, no and every
• Unit 15: Neither, not...either, none, not...any, both and all
• Unit 16: A few, few, a lot, lots, a little, little, many, much, no and plenty
• Unit 17: Enough, too, so and such
• Unit 18: Comparative and superlative sentences
• Unit 19: The adjective order
• Unit 20: Relative clauses
• Unit 21: Do and make
• Unit 22: Modal verbs
• Unit 23: Infinitives, gerunds and present participles
• Unit 24: Conditional sentences
• Unit 25: Passive sentences
• Unit 26: Reported speech
• Unit 27: Purpose
• Unit 28: Word order
• Unit 29: Inversion
• Unit 30: Connectors
• Unit 31: Prepositions
• Unit 32: Phrasal verbs

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• Irregular verbs

English Grammar for Beginners:
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• Unit 1:  A, an, some any and the
• Unit 2:  Some, any + body/one, + thing, + where
• Unit 3:  Personal pronouns and possessives
• Unit 4:  Reflexive pronouns, the reciprocal pronoun "each other" and object pronouns
• Unit 5:  List of irregular verbs

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Mar 13, 2010, 12:04 PM

Post #1 of 2
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What is the difference between following sentences?
He looks a good man
He appears to be a good man
Sounds like he is a good man
He seems to be a good man.
What is the difference between " look like" "sounds like" "seem" and " appear"
Thank YOU

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Sep 18, 2010, 4:07 PM

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Re: [Farham] question [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello, Farham!

Look like and sound like are informal. Seem is neutral and appear is formal.

Compare the following sentences:
It looks like rain. (It looks as if / as though it is going to rain.)
It looks like brandy. (I think it is brandy.)
This looks to me like a big mistake. (I think it is a big mistake.)
-What does she look like? (physical appearance)
-She looks like her father.
It sounds like a horn. (I think it is a horn.)
His suggestion sounds like a crazy idea.
It sounds to me like / as if / as though they have a love affair. (I think they have a love affair.)
He is very handsome and friendly, and it seems like all the girls in this small town are his friends.
It seems / appears (to me) that it is going to rain.
She looks happy.
That sounds great.
They seem / appear (to be) very rich.
Margaret seems / appears very upset to me.

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