Can anyone please tell me, with respect to words’ order which two sentences are correct from pairs given below?

1) It seems fine to me.


1) It seems to me fine.

2) It occurred good to me.


2) It occurred to me good.

Please give a justification if possible.

  • you need to understand 'standard word order'. If you don't know, read it loud, which one sounds more natural? to me, it's 'It seems fine to me" – Maulik V Jun 4 '15 at 10:20
  • you're welcome. And also, prefer 'happened' over 'occurred' in that one! :) – Maulik V Jun 4 '15 at 12:56
  • Ok Maulik. I have improved a lot because of this forum and you folks. – Charmi Sapariya Jun 5 '15 at 5:07
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It seems fine to me is the only sentence which makes sense.

It seems to me fine.

The word fine is an adjective and must be attached to a verb. "It seems to be fine" is correct, "it looks good to me fine" is incorrect (I've replaced "seems" with "looks good" to highlight why this sentence is wrong).

It occurred good to me

This is also wrong, even though the sentence uses the verb to occur!

Things can't "occur good", in the same way things can't "love good" or "run good". It could occur suddenly to you, because suddenly is an adverb and not an adjective.

Why is to occur different than to seem? Only verbs which describe a state of being can be paired with an adjective. An object can smell good, taste good, look good, and be good. Verbs which describe an activity cannot be paired with an adjective; an object cannot sing good, laugh good, break good, or go good.

It occurred to me good.

For the same reason as above, it can occur to you suddenly, but it can't occur to you good.

  • Thank you Mark, as per my understanding 1) it seems fine to me. 2) It occurred to me good. 3) It can occur to you suddenly. These all are correct sentences. Right! – Charmi Sapariya Jun 4 '15 at 12:37
  • "It occurred to me good" isn't correct, to occur is a verb that describes an activity so it can only be paired with an adverb such as 'well'. 'Good' is an adjective so it can only be paired with verbs that describe a state of being. – Mark Jun 4 '15 at 12:57
  • Ok Mark. I have improved a lot because of this forum and you folks. – Charmi Sapariya Jun 5 '15 at 5:07

"It seems fine to me" is correct. "Fine" is an adjective, here being used as a predicate adjective. That is, we are using a verb to link the subject, "it", to an adjective, "fine". Usually in such cases the verb is a form of "to be". Like, "It is fine" or "It will be fine". But here "seems" is being used as the connector. The connector must be a verb that indicates a state of being or transition of a state of being, such as "is", "seems", "became", etc.

"To me" is an indirect object of "seems". Indirect objects almost always come after predicate adjectives and direct objects. "He sent the package to me", NOT "He sent to me the package."

Neither of the sentences you give using "occurred" is valid. "Good" is an adjective. It modifies a noun. But it is not modifying any noun in this sentence. It is not being used as a predicate adjective here because "occurred" cannot act as a linking verb in such a sentence. You could modify "occurred" with an adverb. Like you could say, "It occurred suddenly to me". (I'm trying to think of other adverbs that make sense with "occurred". Hmm ...)

I'm not sure what you're trying to say in that sentence, so I can't tell you how to phrase it correctly.

  • Thank you Jay...To ensure regarding sentences' construction, I have asked here. And, do you have any article/page where they have provided sample of sentences' construction/Frame – Charmi Sapariya Jun 8 '15 at 6:41

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