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What is the difference between the following:
1.He deals with her teacher as if she were a stupid.
2.He deals with her teacher as if she is a stupid.
Thanks in advance..
Stupid is not a noun.
Thank you both for your responses.
Having been modified, what is the difference then?
1.He deals with her teacher as if she were stupid.
2.He deals with her teacher as if she is stupid.
My thanks in advance
Many speakers would consider the first, containing past subjunctive 'were', to be more natural, since the teacher's stupidity is (presumably) hypothetical.
Present tenses after 'as if' tend to be more common with verbs such as 'look' or 'seem'.
See also philo's post here: http://www.usingenglish.com/forum/as...tml#post842689
Modesty, of course, forbade me to mention it!