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    Default As If

    What do these mean?

    1. I'm studying as if my test is on thursday.
    2. I'm studying as if my test was on thursday.

    3. He is running as if he is getting chased.
    4. He is running as if he was getting chased.

    5. He is running like he is getting chased.
    6. He is running like he was getting chased.

    7. That guy is standing next to that thing like it is a car.
    8. That guy is standing next to that thing like it was a car.

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    Default Re: As If

    For the first two pairs, I'd use the past tense. With 'like', I think there's more flexibility, because it is a colloquial form, so the present works better.

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