Does this thread help? He talks as if he were a doctor.
Student or Learner
Which of the below statement is correctly spoken or written:
1) She speaks as if she is better than others.
2) She speaks as if she was better than other.
Please explain to me your choice of answer so that I will understand the difference and use it correctly the next time. Show me more other examples like this if you can, I will greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
NOT A TEACHER
(1) TOM: I don't like X.
TOM: Although she is poor, not very pretty, and not very intelligent, she speaks
as if she was/were better than the others.
was/were = she definitely is not better than the others. (Americans prefer "were.")
(2) ALICE: Be careful how you speak to X.
ALICE: I have just discovered the reason why she speaks as if she is better than
GEORGE: What's the reason?
ALICE: She is a princess in her homeland, and her father is the 5th richest man
in the world.
is = maybe she is better than the others.