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N4 Lesson 10: 5/17

it seems that, it can be deduced, one can conclude that

Verb + みえる
[い]Adjective + みえる
[な]Adjective + () + みえる
Noun + () + みえる
Verb + みえます
[い]Adjective + みえます
[な]Adjective + () + みえます
Noun + () + みえます
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使用域 一般
とみえる (primarily written only in hiragana) is a phrase that combines the 格助詞(かくじょし) , with the る-Verb見(み)える ‘to appear’, or ‘to be visible’.
This use of the particle in Japanese is called 結果(けっか) ‘a result’, and marks when (A) is something that has come to a conclusion, or can be concluded. In this way とみえる literally means ‘from the way it appears, one can conclude that it’s (A)’. However, this translates a bit more smoothly as ‘it can be deduced that (A)’, or ‘it seems that (A)’.
This expression is always used directly after the phrase that it is drawing as a conclusion. However, nouns and な-Adjectives will require before とみえる.
  • 家(いえ)窓(まど)外(そと)から割(わ)られてい。泥棒(どろぼう)入(はい)られとみえる
    The windows of the house have been broken from the outside, so I can deduce that a burglar came in.
  • 彼(かれ)上着(うわぎ)脱(ぬ)いだ。彼(かれ)暑(あつ)とみえる
    He took off his jacket, so it seems that he is hot.
  • 彼(かれ)サンドイッチ残(のこ)し。彼(かれ)サンドイッチ嫌(きら)いとみえる
    He left the sandwich, so I can conclude that he doesn't like sandwiches.
  • トム今日(きょう)会社(かいしゃ)来(こ)なかった。トム昨日(きのう)風邪(かぜ)引(ひ)いたから今日(きょう)休(やす)みとみえる
    Tom didn't come to work today. He caught a cold yesterday, so I can conclude that he is resting today.
While this phrase is conjecture (making a guess about something), it usually implies that the speaker has done some sort of research, or has some reason that led them to ‘draw (A) as a conclusion’. Due to this, it appears reasonably confident.
Fun Fact
always ‘sums up’ things. As 引用(いんよう) (quotation), it sums up the phrase before it as either something that was said, or thought. As 一緒(いっしょ) ‘being together’, it sums up groups of things that are existing/performing actions mutually. Lastly, as 結果(けっか) ‘a result’, it sums up causes, and then illustrates their effects.
  • 先生(せんせい)生徒(せいと)「廊下(ろうか)走(はし)言(い)っ
    The teacher said ‘don't run in the hallway’ to the students.
  • 母(はは)レストラン行(い)っ
    I went to the restaurant with my mother.
  • 昼寝(ひるね)する夜(よる)寝(ね)くなる
    I can't fall asleep at night if I take a nap during the day.
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Those parents seem nice.
I went to their house, but it seemed that they weren't home.
It seems that he ran a marathon, he is breathing heavily.
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