[Common Mistakes] 〜そうだ has two meanings, “conjecture” and “hearsay”.
Today I am going to share the homework correction quoted from my JLPT N4 course!
The student’s sentence is not correct. Can you find the mistake?
The kid seemed happy to see his/her mother.
〜そうだ has two meanings. The first is “conjecture”, and the second is “hearsay”.
The two are made in different ways.
If an i-adjective comes before そうだ;
＝うれしそうだ (He) seems happy
(He) said he is happy.
The そうでした(past tense, polite style of そうだ) in your sentence expresses “conjecture”, so remove い from うれしい before そうでした。
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