can't seem to
Be apparently unable to, as in No matter how hard I try, I can't seem to concentrate on this book. This phrase gives added emphasis to a negative statement, as in the example. [Late 1800s]
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The story of fluoridation reads like a postmodern fable, and the moral is clear: a scientific discovery might seem like a boon.
Again, the difference can seem subtle and sound more like splitting hairs, but the difference is important.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
To make it work almost everything else about these shows has to seem factual which is why many look like a weird Celebrity Sims.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist|Judnick Mayard|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.
A recent U.S. study found men get a “daddy bonus” —employers seem to like men who have children and their salaries show it.
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
All the operations of her brain related themselves somehow to to-morrow afternoon.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
She was growing a little stout, but it did not seem to detract an iota from the grace of every step, pose, gesture.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
Accordingly, the question "How far does the note issue under the new system seem likely to prove an elastic one?"Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
There'll be heaps uh fun in the Cypress Hills country when they get t' runnin' the whisky-jacks out.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair