What is the meaning of sembrare in Italian?
We use sembrare when we want to give a personal opinion about something or someone.
Usually, it’s followed by an adjective (a word that describes something or someone), such as carino (nice), strano (strange), or stanco (tired).
Let’s have a look at some examples:
Sembri stanca. Stai bene?
You seem tired. Are you ok?
Loro sembrano simpatici.
They seem nice.
Tua mamma sembrava arrabbiata.
Your mum seemed angry.
How to conjugate sembrare?
Let’s have a look at it in the present:
- Io sembro (I seem)
- Tu sembri (You seem)
- Lui/lei sembra (He/She seems)
- Noi sembriamo (We seem)
- Voi sembrate (You seem)
- Loro sembrano (They seem)
How to use mi sembra?
If we want to specify who something seems nice too, we need an indirect object pronoun.
Let’s have a look at all of them:
- mi: (to) me
- ti: (to) you
- gli/le: (to) him/ her
- ci: (to) us
- vi: (to) you
- gli: (to) them
Have a look at these two very similar sentences, but with a very slight difference:
Lei sembra tanto carina.
She seems very nice.
Lei mi sembra tanto carina.
She seems very nice to me.
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Now that you know the conjugation and the role of indirect object pronouns let’s have a look at some more examples:
Ci sembra inutile parlare con il professore.
It seems useless to us to talk to the teacher.
Stasera sembravate arrabbiate.
You looked angry tonight.
Come ti è sembrato il suo fidanzato?
How did her boyfriend seem to you?
Sembri sorpreso. Non lo sapevi?
You seem surprised. Did you not know?
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