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It seems/looks like A

  1. It seems/looks like A
  2. As A, Like A
    This is the adverbial form of ようだ.
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かれ なやんでいる ようです   だいじょうかな  
He seems to be worrying. I wonder if he's OK.
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     れている よう   
He looks a bit tired.
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メグ   しい ドレス        よう   
Meg looks pleased with her new dress.
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どうやら        しい よう   
It looks as if you're right.
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テスト     あまり しなかった よう    
Looks like you didn't study much for the test.
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まるで  っている よう   
She looks as if she is drunk.
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あまり   じゃない よう    
You don't look so healthy.
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この ケーキ      ようです   
This cake looks like it was handmade.
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この       めた ようです  
It appears as if this milk has been watered down.
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この     ようです  
It looks as if this child is lost.
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   れる ようだ  
Looks like it'll be sunny tomorrow.
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あの    きい から   ようだ   
That lake is big so it's like an ocean.

Getting the sentences
Construction
AVerb: Casual
Aい adjective
Aな adjective +
ANoun +
+よう+だ/な
Examples:
なくような (like (she's) crying)

おいしいよう (it seems tasty)

きれいなような (seems pretty)

にんぎょうよう (like a doll)

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Usages notes (by users)
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from what I know the だ in おいしいようだ states that it appears to BE tasty. Aka, it apparently is tasty. Thus it isn't really used since it sounds rude. If you want to say "it looks tasty", then we would use しそう.
I'm not an expert but I do know ようだ is not always used with いadjectives like the example above.

This grammar is difficult because it tends to be translated into the same thing in English so at times making it more difficult to identify whether this is hearsay or similarities. I think it would help if we think about ようだ as : "looks like it's ~, appears to be ~, seems like ~".

Feel free to add to my point if there is an error.
4+ years ago
ジェシ - 37 , 9
Advanced notes
The forms above な-adjectives and nouns are only for present tense. When used in past tense, the adjective/noun should be in past tense, followed by ようだ.
Nouns

この       カレー  よう   (correct)

This dish is like Japanese curry.

   べた       カレー だった よう   (correct)

The dish I had yesterday was like Japanese curry.
な-adjectives

この       よう   (correct)

This test seems tough.

        だった よう   (correct)

The test last week seemed tough.
 
As A, Like A
This is the adverbial form of ようだ.

  1. It seems/looks like A
  2. As A, Like A
    This is the adverbial form of ようだ.
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  さん    のように          シール   りました  
Ms. Tanaka applied the the address stickers quickly and accurately like a machine.
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      でも   ように  える  
Mr. Tanaka (upperclassmen) looks like he doesn't feel well or something.
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この   ピアノ  のように   から    けて   
This thread is thin like a piano wire so be careful.

Getting the sentences
Construction
ANoun +
Aな-adjective +
Aい-adjective
AVerb: Casual
+よう++BAdjective or Verb
Examples:
あかちゃんのようにかるい (light as a baby)

すきなようにする (do as one likes)

やすいようみえる (looks (as if it's) cheap)

おこってるようはなす (talk like (he's) angry)

Notes
Nouns, adjectives, and verbs can also be in past tense (in front of ように).
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Discussion about this grammar
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Years studied : 3
Studying : JLPT N3 & JLPT 2
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ポスト : 146, はんこ : 44
Isn't it na-adjective (+な) + よう + copula? + な + ようだ。→ ではないようだ (Unicom grammar)

Noun + のよう + copula is only for present tense. For all other tenses it's Noun + よう + copula.
あの + の + ようだ。→ でなないようだ
はそのだったようだ。→
はそのではなかったようだ

Same rule applies to the na-adjectives.
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Sorry for the late reply - I wanted to do some confirmation myself before I adjusted this.

1. Fixed the na-adjective entry.
2. Added notes about the present/past tense.

If you have some time, try suggestng some model sentences (there's a small form below the model sentence that allows you to search the site's database to find sentences) - that would help me fill out the number of examples so users can understand more easily. If you have some time to do this, I'd be really happy :)
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Years studied : 3
Studying : JLPT N3 & JLPT 2
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ポスト : 146, はんこ : 44
No problem. :)

I'm still a bit insecure to actually write my own sentences. ^^;;
After I study some more I'll start working on it because I know it's necessary to pass the level I'm currently at.
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10+ years ago.
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ポスト : 9,548, はんこ : 138
Well, what I was referring to is not writing your own sentences, but just picking ones out from the 100,000+ sentences in the site's library. Click on the 'model sentence' tab above here and you'll see the search form. Then, you just have to search for something like "ようだった" (just a piece of Japanese is fine) to get sentences that look good for the grammar point.
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ポスト : 146, はんこ : 44
Okay, got it!
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10+ years ago.
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Years studied : 3
Studying : JLPT N3 & JLPT 2
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ポスト : 146, はんこ : 44
Maybe it's just me, but for some reason whenever I try to search for model sentences, I often get "There are no example sentences for this search string."
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10+ years ago.
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: 40,497, : 3,425
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Yea, I apologize for that; try it now!
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10+ years ago.
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Years studied : 3
Studying : JLPT 3, university japanese exam
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ポスト : 6, はんこ : 19
Hi, I have a big problem: It is seriously difficult to me to find the difference between そうだ, ようだ e らしい. Can you give me some tips about it?
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6+ years ago.
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Maybe this blog post will help? Jpn version: http://nihongodaybyday.blogspot.com/2013_02_01_archive.html English version: http://nihognodaybydayenglish.blogspot.jp/2013/07/sou-rashii-you-and-mitai.html
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6+ years ago.
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Studying : JLPT 3, university japanese exam
: 20, : 13
ポスト : 6, はんこ : 19
lilisin は
Maybe this blog post will help? Jpn version: http://nihongodaybyday.blogspot.com/2013_02_01_archive.html English version: http://nihognodaybydayenglish.blogspot.jp/2013/07/sou-rashii-you-and-mitai.html
thanks a lot!!!
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