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    It looks as if

    Please, would someone tell me if this is the correct use of the phrase "it looks as if":

    1.It looks as if he has completely lost touch with reality.
    2.It looked as if the war was going to break out any moment.
    3. It looked as if a woman had not eaten properly for days.
    4. It looks as if we are going to have a new champion.
    5. It looked as if they were lost in the mountain. or should one say:
    6. It looked as if they had been lost in the mountain.

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    Re: It looks as if

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Please, would someone tell me if this is the correct use of the phrase "it looks as if":

    1.It looks as if he has completely lost touch with reality. Yes.
    2.It looked as if the war was going to break out any moment. Take away "the" and it's fine.
    3. It looked as if a the woman had not eaten properly for days. Change "a" to "the" and it's fine.
    4. It looks as if we are going to have a new champion. Yes.

    5. It looked as if they were lost in the mountain. Either "in the mountains" or "on the mountain".
    6. It looked as if they had been lost in the mountain. Either "in the mountains" or "on the mountain".
    The tense you use will depend on the tense of the piece.
    See above.

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    Re: It looks as if

    I would agree with all of your responses except that in #2, depending on context (as usual), "the" could be OK if, for example, a narrative describing factors or tensions leading up to the war, led the narrator to state that the specific war being referenced might begin at any moment.

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