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    Lightbulb As If She Were/Is

    Hello, folks.

    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..

    Mr.Ayed

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    Re: As If She Were/Is

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Ayed View Post
    Hello, folks.

    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..

    Mr.Ayed
    Both are incorrect with "a" before "stupid".

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    Re: As If She Were/Is

    Stupid is not a noun.

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    Re: As If She Were/Is

    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

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    Re: As If She Were/Is

    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'.

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    Re: As If She Were/Is

    Modesty, of course, forbade me to mention it!


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    Re: As If She Were/Is

    Quote Originally Posted by philo2009 View Post
    Modesty, of course, forbade me to mention it!

    Cool..

    Thanks heaps, philo2009, for your comments and if allowed, I am to copy whole thing in that link and print it out to study

    Thanks, 5jj, for inserting that link.

    Good for you

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