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    #1

    as though he is/was

    The salesman talks as though he was/is the proprietor of the shop.

    I think I should use 'was' as he is not the proprietor of the shop. Am I correct?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: as though he is/was

    *Not a teacher

    Yes, you are right. But I would use were.

    The salesman talks as though he were the proprietor of the shop.

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    Last edited by sunsunmoon; 13-May-2011 at 07:47.

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    #4

    Re: as though he is/was

    Is there a reason you choose not to indicate that you're not a teacher?

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    #5

    Re: as though he is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Is there a reason you choose not to indicate that you're not a teacher?
    Because he has given only references?

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    #6

    Re: as though he is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    Because he has given only references?
    He doesn't indicate that in any of his posts, even when he provides confusing or erroneous information. But okay.

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    #7

    Re: as though he is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by SirGod View Post
    *Not a teacher

    Yes, you are right. But I would use were.

    The salesman talks as though he were the proprietor of the shop.
    The salesman talks as though he was the proprietor of the shop.

    I believe 'was', the verb I use in the above sentence in my first post of this thread, is not incorrect in informal English, especially in conversation. Am I correct?

    Thanks.

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    Re: as though he is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I believe 'was', the verb I use in the above sentence in my first post of this thread, is not incorrect in informal English, especially in conversation. Am I correct?
    Yes

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    #9

    Re: as though he is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Is there a reason you choose not to indicate that you're not a teacher?
    Are you a teacher?

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    #10

    Re: as though he is/was

    Quote Originally Posted by freezeframe View Post
    Is there a reason you choose not to indicate that you're not a teacher?
    The member type in his profile (at the top of every post) reads: "Student or Learner". This is usually a give away.

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