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    Why is "a" wrong?? and what is wrong with "b"?
    Subjunctive mood. This is similar to "If I were you, I would not do it". a) is present simple and doesn't say that the phrase is hypothetical. b) is incorrect but you might see it sometimes (that's a mistake).

    Why is A wrong?
    'lay' is the past simple of 'lie' here (but the verb 'lay' also exist). The phrasal verb is "lie down'.

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    After working on my car all evening, I finally _______ down to sleep at around midnight.
    a) laid
    b) lied
    c) lay

    The answer is C.

    Why is A wrong?


    It can't be "laid" because that would have to take a direct object. Example:

    I laid it down.



    I laid down to sleep at around midnight. <--this is a direct object, so why is "laid" wrong?

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    I laid down to sleep at around midnight. <--this is a direct object, so why is "laid" wrong?
    I don't think there's a direct object here. If there were one, it would be the answer to the question 'What did I lay down' ? You obviously cannot answer 'to sleep', as it would be the anwser to 'why'.
    Again, here the verb is lie/lay/lain (not lay/laid/laid).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    Subjunctive mood. This is similar to "If I were you, I would not do it". a) is present simple and doesn't say that the phrase is hypothetical. b) is incorrect but you might see it sometimes (that's a mistake).
    I wouldn't go so far to say that 'as if' is only used in subjunctive mood.

    'as if or as though ' means in a way that suggests something.

    Let's have a look closer.

    (a) It looks like rain.
    (b) It looks as if it is going to rain.
    (c) It looks as though it is going to rain.
    (d) It looks like it is going to rain.(informal)

    They all have the same meaning and suggest in a way that it is going to rain.

    But as if/ as though can state an untrue statement, as in (e):

    (e) He is not a child. She talked to him as if he were a child.

    He acts as if he _______ the coolest guy in school.
    a) is
    b) was
    c) were
    In this case, the best answer would be 'were' because the sentence indicates somehow that the fact 'his being the coolest guy in the school' is not true.

    :wink:

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    I wouldn't go so far to say that 'as if' is only used in subjunctive mood.
    I didn't mean to say that. I probably wasn't very clear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
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    Oops! and Thank You :D

    Hi my old Ron, How you doing? :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois
    I wouldn't go so far to say that 'as if' is only used in subjunctive mood.
    I didn't mean to say that. I probably wasn't very clear.

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    Hi Comment ša va, FRC?

    OK. I do want to take it back. You not angry? :)



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    Quote Originally Posted by henry
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
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    Oops! and Thank You :D

    Hi my old Ron, How you doing? :)
    I'm okay, and I'm not old yet. :wink:

    Did you know that they shoot off firecrackers for my birthday? (Okay, not really. The date actually has a bit more historical significance than that.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    He acts as if he _______ the coolest guy in school.
    a) is
    b) was
    c) were

    The answer is C.

    Why is "a" wrong?? and what is wrong with "b"?
    As others have indicated, C is correct. It is the subjunctive and is used to indicate that the speaker considers the "act" to be contrary to fact. Normally, we don't use the present tense or the past indicative in that construction.

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