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    Default He talked as if he were/ had been rich.

    I've shortened and briefed my question.

    1. He talked as if he were rich.

    2. He talked as if he had been rich.

    3. He talks as if he had been rich.


    Which one actually mean 'he wasn't rich' among three sentence?


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    Default Re: He talked as if he were/ had been rich.

    Quote Originally Posted by wotcha View Post
    I've shortened and briefed my question.

    1. He talked as if he were rich.

    2. He talked as if he had been rich.

    3. He talks as if he had been rich.


    Which one actually mean 'he wasn't rich' among three sentence?


    None of them definitively. However 1 and 2 suggest that the speaker considers it likely that he was not (of the two, 1 being the more naturally phrased as regards contemporary usage).

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