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Tom seems [to know] a lot of people at this party.

Tom seems [to know] a lot of people at this party.

In this sentence, why did it use 'to know'? I know that 'to do sth' implies 'will do sth', such as 'I want to see you next time.'.

So, I'm confused about it. I think it should use 'doing sth'.

Thank you very much!

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    "to do something" does not imply "will do something" on its own. "want to see you" means that the speaker has a desire to see you and will therefore try to see you in the future.

    The "to do" or "to see" construction is called the "infinitive" form of a verb. It is used like a noun in a sentence. "Knowing" is not what Tom is doing at the party. Tom is seeming. "to know" describes what he is seeming. He seems to know people.

    I like to dance.
    He intends to go.
    Bob forgot to wear pants.

    Tom seems to know ( = to be acquainted with) a lot of people at the party.


    Mona: Do you know Claudia?
    Tom: Yes, I do. Claudia is my sister's best friend.
    Mona: Do you know Charles?
    Tom: Yes, I do. Charles lives next to my parents' house.
    Mona: Wow! You SEEM to know a lot of people. ( = It APPEARS that you know many people.)
    Tom: Yes, I am acquainted with many people. I am very friendly and like to make new friends.
    Mona: Are they all friends?
    Tom: Not really. Some are friends. Most are only acquaintances.

    (an acquaintance = someone you know, but not a close friend. At your job, you have many acquaintances whom you KNOW.)

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