Common mistake seem vs seen

Common Mistake: Seem vs Seen

One common mistake that people often make in English is confusing the usage of "seem" and "seen." These words may sound similar, but they have different meanings and functions in a sentence.


"Seem" is a verb that is used to express an opinion or belief about something. It is used to describe how something appears or gives the impression of being.

  • She seems tired today. (expresses an opinion or observation about her appearance)
  • It seems like it will rain later. (expresses a belief or assumption based on the current conditions)


"Seen" is the past participle form of the verb "see." It is used to describe an action that has already happened.

  • I have seen that movie before. (describes a past action of watching the movie)
  • He has seen better days. (indicates that he has experienced better times in the past)

Now, let's clarify the correct usage of these words in some example sentences:

  • She seems tired today. (correct)
  • She seen tired today. (incorrect)
  • I have seen that movie before. (correct)
  • I have seem that movie before. (incorrect)

It's important to pay attention to the context and meaning of each word to avoid confusing "seem" and "seen." If you're unsure about which one to use, consider using a grammar checker like Linguix to help you identify and correct any mistakes.

seem vs seen mistake examples

  • Incorrect:
    I have seem a lot so far.

    I have seen a lot so far.

  • Incorrect:
    I can't seen to delete it.

    I can't seem to delete it.

  • Incorrect:
    You seen to ask too many questions.

    You seem to ask too many questions.

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