Although quite powerful in his time, the 16th century Russian czar Ivan the Terrible seems to us as a remote and barely visible historical figure.


A) to us as a remote and barely visible historical figure

B) to us to be as a remote and barely visible figure of history

C) to us a remote and barely visible figure of history

D) to us a remote and barely visible historical figure

E) to us to be a remote and barely visible historical figure


Although quite powerful in his time, Ivan the terrible seems to us.. (what?)

He seems to us a remote and barely visible historical figure. 


He seems very young. 

We can use "seem" as a linking verb ( like the sentence in question )

It is used when we want to say that someone or something gives the impression of having a particular quality

The usage of seems to us as is wrong. Eliminate A and B.

C) to us a remote and barely visible figure of history- Eliminate C

We can also use “seem” with an infinitive 

I seem to be the only person here. 

Can to+be be removed in this sentence?

It would read- I seem the only person here. This is clearly wrong.

In places where to+be can be removed without altering the meaning of the sentence, avoid using the infinitive form.

In Option E- to+be is unnecessary and redundant. Option D corrects that error.