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Iryn
Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 12:54:45 PM

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Hi everyone!
I've heard this phrase on the TV

'' Я не хочу показаться злой людям. ''

and I still don't know how to translate it in English right. These are my attempts but none of them sounds right to me:

1) I don't want to be seemed to be bad to people
2) I don't want to be seemed bad to people

Could anyone help me with translating it, please?
Thanks in advance.
patovaanna
Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:16:00 PM

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Hallo Iryn!
Maybe this variant would sound OK:
I don't want to look evil (bad, unpleasant...)

But of course it's better to wait for a native speaker to answer.

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Iryn
Posted: Friday, September 20, 2013 9:21:57 AM

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Hello, patovaanna!
Thanks for your idea, it sounds well too.
However, I'm bothered about how to put word "seem" in passive. The original sentence says about a one-time action, which is completed but I don't how to show that in English sentence.
patovaanna
Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013 9:26:22 AM

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Hallo Iryn, if you are still here.
I have something for you from native speakers, here you are:
Cool-wind says:

... I would have said "I don't want to appear evil", but 'look' is fine too.

"I don't want to be seemed evil" is not an English sentence.
You could say "I don't want to seem evil".

Thar says:

Yes, that example is wrong, because 'to seem' can never be in the passive. It is a copula, a linking verb, it has no object, and therefore there is not an object that becomes the 'subject' of the passive. It acts like the verb 'to be':
I am evil.
I seem evil.
I appear evil.
I look evil.
None of these can be expressed in the passive.
There are all about 'I', not something that is 'done to' you.
There are various other ways of expressing it, as kw has shown.

For it to be a passive construction, there would have to be a possible active verb.
He thinks me evil.
I do not want to be thought evil.

[this is a specific construction 'to think someone something' - it is not a general pattern of the verb 'to think', just in case you think this sentence sounds odd as well!]

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Iryn
Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013 2:01:42 PM

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Hello, patovaanna! Yes, I'm still here!
Thank you so much for all these answers, I highly appreciate this big work you've done.
The last construction with " to be thought evil " sounds so much right to me.
Very grateful !
patovaanna
Posted: Friday, September 27, 2013 8:13:50 PM

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Angel Welcome

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Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 1:40:07 PM

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I translated the original phrase into Finnish, and then into English;
The "to be thought evil" is the closest you can get.

Well done, patovaanna

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GordonB
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I do not want to appear wicked to people.
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