Quick answer
"Look like" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "parecerse a", and "seem" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "parecer". Learn more about the difference between "look like" and "seem" below.
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to be in appearance)
a. ser físicamente
What does her sister look like? Is she blonde like her?¿Cómo es su hermana físicamente? ¿Es rubia como ella?
2. (to resemble)
a. parecerse a
Ana looks like her mom.Ana se parece a su mamá.
b. parecer
It looked like a horse from here.Desde aquí parecía un caballo.
3. (to seem likely)
a. parecer que
It looks like Leonard is coming with us.Parece que Leonard viene con nosotros.
b. parecer
Are we spending the night here? - It looks like it.¿Vamos a pasar aquí la noche? - Eso parece.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to appear)
a. parecer
The dog seems to be very comfortable on my new couch.El perro parece estar muy cómodo en mi sofá nuevo.
2. (to convey an opinion)
a. parecer
This does not seem a good idea to me.No me parece buena idea.
An impersonal verb is a verb with no apparent subject (e.g. Llueve en España.).
3. (to appear)
a. parecer
It seems it could rain any minute now.Parece que puede llover en cualquier momento.
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