It looks that/ It looks like…
• This expression is used when speaker’s
supposition, what is/was going to happen
next judged by what the speaker sees or
• Express a judgement from its appearance
• You are actually seeing what it is going to
• With verbs…
– You need ‘verb stem’
• With い adjectives…
– Take い off
• With な adjectives…
– You can attach it straight away
Careful with いい/な
い (negative form)
There are 2 ways of making this form to negatives. Meanings don’t change much, but first
form is making a judgement more intuitively but second way is to cancel out what others said.
* With verbs – again, there are 2 ways of negative forms like adjectives. さ is inserted more
but you don’t need to have it either. 来そうにない、来そうもない、来そうにもない are to
express your opposite feeling to what others may have said.
来ない→来な(さ)そう→来そうにもない、しない→しなさそう→しそうにもない (There is a case
which omit either に or も. When you have both にも you express a stronger feeling of
• When the verb 行く and 来る are combined
with other verb, these verbs mean a
process of the action.
• Verb stem + に 行く – go and do something
• て-form + 来る – go and do something,
then come back again
ボブ：It looks like cherry blossoms may bloom(さく) soon. (もうすぐ)
ルーシー：yes, they are. Would you like to do a flower viewing
ボブ：Sounds good. It will be just (ちょうど) right timing because
Saturday looks like getting warm.
ルーシー：I am going to make packed lunch. Please (come and)
buy some drinks, Bob.
ボブ：OK. That’s easy because I don’t need to make packed lunch.
What kind of packed lunch are you going to make for us?
ルーシー：I think I will do Thai food.
ボブ：Thai… it sounds (seems) spicy.
ルーシー：It is going to be OK. I am not good at spicy food too so I
will cook something which are not very spicy.
ボブ：Are you? That is good.
(At the flower viewing)
Bob: Wow! It looks tasty! It does look so delicious packed lunch, doesn’t
it? Oh, I’ve bought some sake too.
ルーシー：It looks like we will be drunk if we drink loads.
ボブ：Maybe. Let’s drink with caution (while being careful).