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    Default talks as though he knows/knew

    1. He talks as though he knows a lot.

    2. He talks as though he knew a lot.

    Could somebody please tell me the difference in meaning between the two sentences? Or is one of them grammatically wrong?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. He talks as though he knows a lot.

    2. He talks as though he knew a lot.

    Could somebody please tell me the difference in meaning between the two sentences? Or is one of them grammatically wrong?

    Thanks in advance.
    #2 is correct.
    The combination as though and the past subjunctive form is used to indicate unreality.

    2. He talks as though he knew a lot.

    It means

    He's scarcely of those ones.

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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. He talks as though he knows a lot.

    2. He talks as though he knew a lot.

    Could somebody please tell me the difference in meaning between the two sentences? Or is one of them grammatically wrong?

    Thanks in advance.
    #2 is incorrect as the sentence contains mixed tenses.

    #1 uses "talks" and " knows" - both present tense, so OK.

    #2 would make sense if we match the tenses - " He talked as though he knew a lot". - both past tense, so now OK.


    buggles (not a teacher)

    Just spotted e2e4's response and I have to disagree - maybe a moderator will chip in.

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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

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    He's scarcely of those ones.
    What does this mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
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    #2 is correct.
    The combination as though and the past subjunctive form is used to indicate unreality.

    .
    Not at all.

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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Not at all.
    At all?

    He talked as if he had known a lot.

    The same but in the past.

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    At all?

    He talked as if he had known a lot.

    The same but in the past.
    The OP didn't ask about "He talked as if he had known a lot."

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    Default Re: talks as though he knows/knew

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    The OP didn't ask about "He talked as if he had known a lot."
    You talk as if you weren't a teacher. I don't understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by e2e4 View Post
    You talk as if you weren't a teacher. I don't understand.
    1. He talks as though he knows a lot.

    2. He talks as though he knew a lot.

    These were the two sentences which the OP asked about. 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".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1. He talks as though he knows a lot.

    2. He talks as though he knew a lot.

    These were the two sentences which the OP asked about. 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".
    He talks the way he knows a lot.
    He talks as if he knew a lot.

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