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British English: /siːm/
American English: /sim/

Translation of seem in French:

intransitive verb

  • 1 (give impression)
    (in less formal French)
    avoir l'air
    he seems happy/sad
    il a l'air heureux/triste
    he seemed disappointed
    il a semblé déçu
    the statistics/experiments seem to indicate that…
    les statistiques/expériences semblent indiquer que…
    there seems to be a fault in the generator
    il semble y avoir un problème dans le générateur
    he seems to be looking for/to have lost…
    on dirait qu'il cherche/qu'il a perdu…
    it would seem so/not
    on dirait que oui/non
    the whole house seemed to shake
    on aurait dit que toute la maison tremblait
    things seem to be a lot better between them now
    ça a l'air d'aller bien mieux entre eux maintenant
    things are not always what they seem
    les apparences sont souvent trompeuses
    how does she seem today?
    comment va- t-elle aujourd'hui?
  • 2 (have impression) See examples: it seems to me that…
    il me semble que…
    (+ indic)
    there seem to me to be two possibilities
    il me semble qu'il y a deux possibilités
    it seems/it very much seems as if ou as though
    il semble/semble fort que
    (+ subj)
    I seem to have done
    j'ai l'impression que j'ai fait
    I seem to have offended him
    j'ai l'impression que je l'ai vexé
    I seem to have forgotten my money
    je crois que j'ai oublié mon argent
    I seem to remember I left it on the table
    je crois me rappeler que je l'ai laissé sur la table
    it seems hours since we left
    on dirait qu'il y a des heures que nous sommes partis
    that would seem to be the right thing to do
    j'ai l'impression que c'est ce qu'il faut faire
    there doesn't seem to be any solution
    il semble qu'il n'y ait aucune solution
    there seems to be some mistake
    il semble qu'il y ait erreur
    it seemed like a good idea at the time
    cela avait l'air d'une bonne idée
  • 3 (expressing criticism or sarcasm) See examples: he/she seems to think that…
    il/elle a l'air de croire que…
    they don't seem to realize that…
    ils n'ont pas l'air de se rendre compte que…
    you seem to have forgotten this point
    tu sembles avoir oublié ce détail
    (from evidence) See examples: they haven't, it seems, reached a decision yet
    ils ne sont pas encore arrivés à une décision apparemment
    it seems that sugar is bad for you
    apparemment cela vous fait du mal de manger du sucre
    what seems to be the problem?
    quel est le problème?
  • 4 (despite trying) See examples: he can't seem to do
    on dirait qu'il n'arrive pas à faire
    I just can't seem to do

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