appear

  • Appear can mean ‘seem’. In this case, it is a ‘copula verb’ , and is followed by an adjective or a noun.
    We often use the structure appear to be, especially before a noun, [subject + appear (to be) + adjective”]
    He appeared very angry. (NOT . . . very angrily.)
    [subject + appear to be + noun] She appears to be a very religious person.
  • Appear can also mean ‘come into sight’ or ‘arrive’. In this case, it is not followed by an adjective or noun, but it can be used with adverbs.
    [ subject (+ adverb) + appear (+ adverb/adverb phrase)]
    A face suddenly appeared at the window.
    Mary appeared unexpectedly this morning and asked me for some money.