as if he was / were / is rich ? Is this true? 1. He talks as if he were rich. -----> He is probably not rich.. he is more likely not rich but he perhaps pretends to be rich. 2. He talks as if he is rich. -------> He is rich. Can I use 'was' instead of were in example NUMBER 1 ?
Nov 24, 2017 3:10 PM
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The first example you provided uses the subjunctive mood. The subjunctive mood is a construction that expresses a condition that is doubtful or contrary to fact. In this case, the verb "to be" takes the past tense form "were" to indicate that his being rich is not true. Using "was" in the first sentence would make it ungrammatical. In the second sentence his being rich is uncertain but not definitely false. From the way he talks, he might, in fact, be rich.
November 24, 2017
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