Appear can be used as a copular verb. It is used to say how things look. It is used in similar ways to seem.
- She appeared mighty pleased.
- He appears (to be) angry today.
- They do not appear to be happy.
- There appears to be some misunderstanding between them.
- The thieves appear to have left the city.
- She appears to be angry. (NOT angrily)
Appear can also be used as a non-copular verb. It then means come into sight, or arrive. In this case it is used with an adverb, not an adjective.
- She suddenly appeared in the doorway.
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Acronyms and initialisms New!
Above and over
Accept and agree
Adverbs with two forms
Affect and effect
All and every
Already, just and yet
All and whole
A lot of, lots of, plenty of, a large amount of, a great deal of
Already and all ready New!
Alternate and alternative
Although and though
Amount and Number: differences New!
Anyhow and somehow
Articles - Rules for the use and omission of articles
Article A / an
As, because, since and for
As if and as though
As and though
Ask and ask for
As well as
As well as grammar
As well as grammar exercise
As, when and while
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