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    Smile He talked if he were a millionaire

    He talked as if he were a millionaire.
    He talked as if he had been a millionaire.


    Do the above two samples sound as right and good to you? If yes, are they the same in meaning? Thanks.


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    Re: He talked if he were a millionaire

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    He talked as if he were a millionaire.
    He talked as if he had been a millionaire.


    Do the above two samples sound as right and good to you? If yes, are they the same in meaning? Thanks.
    They sound fine to me. The first sentence refers to a man that is still a millionaire or at least talks like one. The second sentence refers to a man who perhaps once was a millionaire or at least talks as if he once was one.

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    Re: He talked if he were a millionaire

    Thanks, Naamplao.
    Do you mean sentence 1 and 2 are equal in meaning? While sentence 3 and 4 are the same?

    1. He talked as if he were a millionaire.
    2. He talks as if he were a millionaire.

    3. He talks as if had been a millionaire.
    4. He talked as if he had been a millionaire.

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    Re: He talked if he were a millionaire

    Quote Originally Posted by Naamplao View Post
    They sound fine to me. The first sentence refers to a man that is still a millionaire or at least talks like one. The second sentence refers to a man who perhaps once was a millionaire or at least talks as if he once was one.
    I don't mean to question your interpretation as I'm not a native speaker myself, but reading this sentence:

    '' He talked as if he were a millionaire.''

    I have a different impression.

    Here's how I see it:

    1. First of all, it's someone talking in the past (talked)
    2. But in my opinion, the person here isn't a millionaire, but rather talks as if he was one.


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    Re: He talked if he were a millionaire

    Quote Originally Posted by Noego View Post
    I don't mean to question your interpretation as I'm not a native speaker myself, but reading this sentence:

    '' He talked as if he were a millionaire.''

    I have a different impression.

    Here's how I see it:

    1. First of all, it's someone talking in the past (talked)
    2. But in my opinion, the person here isn't a millionaire, but rather talks as if he was one.

    This has effectively the same meaning as 'He talked as if he had been a millionaire' - that is 'He talked like a millionaire'.

    If you want to make the past perfect version refer to a state that had actually been true at one stage, you need to add an adverb:

    'He talked as if he had still been a millionaire.' [In this case he had indeed been a millionaire once, and still talked as if he was. You could convey a similar meaning with 'He talked as if he was/were still a millionaire', but the past perfect emphasizes the fact that the one-time millionaire had a change of fortune.]

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