B appears/looks/seems the same as C
B appears/looks/seems TO BE the same as C
My intended meaning: B seems to be identical to C, but I'm unsure of this.
I guess that 1 is simply 2 with verb phrase ellipsis, but is 1 wrong in any way?
Somehow, it just sounds wrong to me. Might anyone know how or why? 2 sounds fine to me though.
Also, I guess that the same here is a pronoun.