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"He appears to be a good actor."

Translation:Hij blijkt een goede acteur te zijn.

September 7, 2014



Why we cant use "om" here?


Because Blijken is a DAT verb. You cannot use OM with DAT verbs. The complete list of DAT verbs is here:



With "om", it means "he appears in order to be a good actor", which is hardly meaningful.


Attention, this should be noted:

"to appear to be green" points out that something is perceived as being green, but there still is a chance that it isn't actually green.

"blijkt groen te zijn" points out that something is proven to be green. In this case it is definitive that it's green.


why is there an indefinite article before a profession here?


I wrote "Hij schijnt een goede acteur the zijn". Should this not be an acceptable translation?


Short answer: yes I think so.

Long answer:

Lijken, blijken and schijnen have distinct meanings in Dutch. However Dutch native speakers will make mistakes in this as well. See this discussion: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/3804399 . I copied the below explanation from the link to the dutchgrammar.com forum DieYsbeer gave in that discussion. However if I'm not mistaken English speakers don't make the distinction explained below, so appear to be = seem to be. This means schijnt can also be a correct translation.

  • Schijnen = to seem
  • Lijken = to look like
  • Blijken = to appear

  • Het schijnt te regenen
  • It seems to be raining
  • They say it is raining
  • Supposedly, it is raining

You base this on someone else's perception and you are not sure whether it really is raining.

  • Het lijkt te regenen
  • It looks like it is raining

You base this on your own perception and you are not sure whether it really is raining.

  • Het blijkt te regenen
  • It appears to be raining
  • Apparently, it is raining

Based on either your own or someone else's perception, you are sure that it is raining.


Can we use, Hij blijkt een goede acteur te worden, in this context?


I don't think so. "Te worden" means "to become" or "to be in the process of becoming" but in this sentence "he" is already a good actor.

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