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    He behaves as if he is / were mad.

    1. He behaves as if he is mad.

    2. He behaves as if he were mad.

    Does the first sentence mean that he behaves as a mad person would, while the second means he is not mad, but behaves like an insane person?

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    Re: He behaves as if he is / were mad.

    Could someone please help? Thank you very much.

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    Re: He behaves as if he is / were mad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. He behaves as if he is mad.

    2. He behaves as if he were mad.

    Does the first sentence mean that he behaves as a mad person would, while the second means he is not mad, but behaves like an insane person?

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    Hi Tan Elaine,

    I'll give it a go. In my opinion, the use of "as if" implies that he is not mad at all, but he's acting the way a madman would do. So I would use option 2. I'm not sure whether option 1 is incorrect, but it does sound unnatural to me.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut

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    Re: He behaves as if he is / were mad.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. He behaves as if he is mad.

    2. He behaves as if he were mad.

    Does the first sentence mean that he behaves as a mad person would, while the second means he is not mad, but behaves like an insane person?

    Thanks.
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    The first suggest that he might be mad.
    The second says that although he behaves as a mad man, he definitely is not mad.

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Hi Tan Elaine,

    I'll give it a go. In my opinion, the use of "as if" implies that he is not mad at all, but he's acting the way a madman would do. So I would use option 2. I'm not sure whether option 1 is incorrect, but it does sound unnatural to me.

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut
    There is nothing unnatural about the first sentence. However, it is probably less frequent than the second structure ("as if he/she were/was").
    Please note that I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: He behaves as if he is / were mad.

    Could a native speaker please confirm if the answers given by Charliedeut and CarloSsS are fine? Thanks.

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