Seems always happened that way.

lilyyang tw Taiwan

A: You're working late today?

B: Seems always happened that way.

A: Yes. Seems to.

Question: I don't understand the structure of this sentence. It is okay to put a verb (past tense) and without a subject after seem? We don't need "to" after seem?

Thank you!!!

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January 12 at 07:54
  • jungleboy pt Portugal

    The sentence in the subtitles is not right. The correct sentence would be something like: 'It seems to always happen that way', or, better yet, 'It always seems to happen that way.'

    January 12 at 09:09
  • dbopperman us United States

    I am a native speaker of American English, and I have never heard anyone say "Seems always happened that way", which sounds like broken English. However, I have heard "Seems like it always happened that way", which is acceptable in casual spoken English. A more correct way to say / write it would be something like "It seems like it always happened that way".

    January 12 at 19:42
  • brucenator us United States

    The correct line for this scene is "Seems to always happen that way," which, as dbopperman has already pointed out, is acceptable in casual spoken English. It's just transcribed incorrectly in the subtitles.

    As jungleboy has already pointed out, the proper (written) grammar would be "It always seems to happen that way."

    Since most people write on Twitter in much the same way as they speak, I suggest using Twitter Search as a language tool (for learning most any language). I use it when studying Dutch. It is easily accessible, you can find countless examples and it's about the closest thing to everyday speech that you're going to find in written form.

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%22always%20seems%20to%20happen%22

    https://twitter.com/search?q=%22seems%20to%20always%20happen%22

    Tuesday at 04:59