A large part of what I do is critiquing, in writing, the work of others. I am constantly wondering if I am structuring my sentences correctly. Part of the challenge is that I need to temper my opinion by saying 'appears to,' 'seems,' etc.
If, for example, I am trying to express whether the person's conclusion is reasonable and adequately supported, should I say "The conclusion appears to be reasonable and adequately supported." or should I say "The conclusion appears reasonable and adequately supported."
Whichever is right, I'd appreciate an explanation of why one way is right and the other is wrong.
Also, in this case, are 'reasonable' and 'adequately' adverbs?