Å se ut (til/som)

Det ser ut som at vi er...

Det ser ut til at vi er...

What's the difference here?

November 30, 2015

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When making assumptions about the past or present there is no difference in meaning between "Det ser ut som at..." and "Det ser ut til at...", though I would argue that the latter is the more elegant way of phrasing it.

When making predictions about the future "Det ser ut til at..." sounds a lot better to my ears, but they'll still be understood in the same way.

November 30, 2015

Same thing for å høres ut? Should one use som or til?

det høres ut til/som at

December 1, 2015

"se ut som" is used about a perception that isn't necessarily true: "Det ser ut som at vi er på vei hjem, men i virkeligheten skal vi på fest" = "We look like we are going home, but in reality we are going to a party"

"se ut til" can only be used about something you really believe to be the case, and it can often be translated as "turns out": Det ser ut til at vi er på vei hjem" = "It looks like we are going home/it turns out we are going home"

December 5, 2015
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