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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    buggles said that #1 was correct and that #2 was incorrect. I agree with her/him, "He talks as if he knows a lot" is correct, as is "He talked as if he knew a lot".

    And I agree with the two of you as well.
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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

    Hi there,

    Would these explanations be possible?

    He talks as if/though he knows a lot. (Perhaps he knows.)
    He talks as if/though he knew a lot. (But he does not.)
    He talked as if/though he knew a lot. (a past unreal comparison)

    Pete

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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    Would these explanations be possible?

    He talks as if/though he knows a lot. (Perhaps he knows.)
    He talks as if/though he knew a lot. (But he does not.)
    He talked as if/though he knew a lot. (a past unreal comparison)

    Pete
    This is what I have read from a grammar book. I wonder whether native speakers observe the distinction.

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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

    Quote Originally Posted by peter123 View Post
    Hi there,

    Would these explanations be possible?

    He talks as if/though he knows a lot. (Perhaps he knows.)
    He talks as if/though he knew a lot. (But he does not.)
    He talked as if/though he knew a lot. (a past unreal comparison)

    Pete
    I like your explanation, and I have heard native speakers use the second construct.

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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

    Why is #3 unreal?

    A: What did the repairman say?
    B: He said we had to replace the uppidyclutch.
    A: That's expensive. Do you trust him?
    B: Well, the talked as though he knew a lot, so ... yeah.
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