Seam is a noun (or occasionally verb) which most often refers to a line of stitches joining two pieces of cloth. By stitches we mean a thread passing back and forth repeatedly through two pieces of cloth in order to create clothing or cloth products.
The noun form of seam refers to the line of stitches. It can also mean a line where two edges meet.
The more unusual verb form of seam refers to the action of stitching the line (passing the thread in and out of the cloth using a needle).
Seem is a verb. It is often used by English speakers. Seem means to give a certain impression, sensation, or feeling. If we feel cold, it seems cold to us. If we see just a little light through our window, it seems that it may be morning. If we are not sure something is true, but have reason to believe it is true, we may say that it seems to be true.
Sometimes we use the word seem when we want to state an opinion, but not too strongly. Using the word seem can make your statement a little gentler, a little more polite. It's a little like adding the words, "I think" or "I believe" to the beginning of a statement. Instead of saying, "You are being unreasonable," we might say, "I think you are being unreasonable," or "It seems like you are being unreasonable."
Seam refers to a line of thread, or stitches, which hold two pieces of cloth together. It can also refer to a line where two edges meet.
Seem means to give a particular impression, sensation, or feeling. It is often used when expressing an opinion.
It is Monday morning, and I have a very important meeting; but I am late for work! I have overslept. I have spilled my coffee all over the kitchen. The traffic is terrible. And worse, it is raining! It seems that everything has gone wrong this morning.
I drive through the heavy rain, finally crossing the bumpy seam between the road and the parking lot for our building. I quickly park, grab my things, exit the car, and slam the door. It seems even my own raincoat wants to slow me down; immediately it stops me in my tracks! I hear a loud rip and realize my coat is caught in the door. It seems the coat must be ruined, but I don't have time to worry about that. My meeting starts in three minutes!
After the meeting I look at the damage to my coat. I am happy to see that the cloth of the coat is not torn: only the stitches in one of the seams. I can easily repair the seam at home. Suddenly the sewing kit my mother gave me for my birthday, which seemed so boring at the time, now seems the perfect gift. I have everything I need to repair the seam in my coat.
Tonight after I fix my coat, I'll call my mom. It seems appropriate to thank her for the sewing kit and for teaching me how to sew a simple seam.
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