Expressing "it seems" with "haoxiang"
To express "seems," the word 好像 (hǎoxiàng) can be used.
Subj. + 好像 ⋯⋯
- 他 好像 是 英国 人 。He seems to be British.
- 你 好像 不 是 本地 人 。You don't seem to be local.
- 她 好像 生病 了 。It seems like she's sick.
- 你 好像 很 不 喜欢 她 。It seems that you dislike her a lot.
- 王 先生 好像 很怕 他 老婆 。Mr. Wang seems to fear his wife a lot.
- 他 一个人 坐 在 那儿 ，好像 在 想 事情 。He's sitting there all by himself. It seems like that he's thinking about something.
Note that if this structure is used without a subject, it has the meaning of "it seems that..." in English. This could then be followed by an entire statement.
- 好像 不 行 。It seems that it didn't work.
- 好像 要 下雨 了 。It seems that it's going to rain.
- 好像 有 人 敲门 。It seems that someone is knocking at the door.
- 好像 有 人 来 过 。It seems that someone was here.
Sources and further reading
- Practicing HSK Grammar (语法精讲精炼) (pp. 41) →buy
- Basic Patterns of Chinese Grammar (pp. 101) →buy
- Boya Chinese Elementary Starter 1 (博雅汉语初经起步篇) (pp. 157) →buy