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What is the correct way to say this..

  • I just checked my bank account and that seems to be have been activated.
  • I just checked my bank account and that seems activated.
  • I just checked my bank account and that seems to be activated.
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Depending on exactly what you're trying to say, it may be more appropriate than that.

The first example has a be as well as have been, which isn't appropriate. It is using activate as a verb, in the passive voice, and is fine as:

I just checked my bank account and that seems to have been activated.

The other two examples are both fine, and they use activated as an adjective. Both to seem and to be are linking verbs, so they can take adjectives as (subject) complements, taking the place of a normal noun object. In the second example, seem is a linking verb, and in the third, seem is a catenative verb taking a to-infinitive as complement, and be is a linking verb.

As to it versus that, that is mostly appropriate if its antecedent is in another sentence, while it works if the antecedent is my bank account, or if the antecedent is in another sentence.

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To me, seem actually has a different meaning when used as a linking verb and a concatenative verb.

As a concatenative verb (eg seems to have been), it is evaluation of an objective state of affairs. My bank account seems to have been activated means "as far as I can tell, my bank account has been activated".

As a linking verb (eg seems activated) it is a subjective evalution: "it gives me the impression of ... ". This is not really consistent with the objective question of whether a bank account is working or not, so for me "My bank account seems activated" appears unnatural. I might say that my friend seemed activated, if something has happened to excite him.

As for It seems to be activated vs It seems to have been activated - the first is taking activated as an adjective, which is less common (except in the phrase activated charcoal). The second it is the past participle of activate, so that is a passive clause, and seems to me to fit better.

As others have said, it is much better than that in those examples (though there are some dialects - eg, Norfolk - that use that in that way.)

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I think you can say the following:

I just checked my bank account and that seems to have been activated.

I just checked my bank account and that seems activated.

I just checked my bank account and that seems to be activated.

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    It would sound better if you used "it" instead of "that" in my opinion. – Mrt Oct 1 '18 at 1:01
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The first two options are grammatically incorrect.

The third option is correct and can be used, but 'that' should be replaced with 'it'. i.e. I just checked my bank account and it seems to be activated.

However, a better option would be : I just checked my bank account and it seems to have been activated.

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