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    #1

    'like I am' vs 'as I were'

    Dear teachers

    Do these sentences read well?

    Don't talk to me like I am a child!
    Don't talk to me as I were/was a child!

    To me, the first one is fine, the second isn't.

    Thanks

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    #2

    Re: 'like I am' vs 'as I were'

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    Dear teachers

    Do these sentences read well?

    Don't talk to me like I am a child!
    Don't talk to me as I were/was a child!

    To me, the first one is fine, the second isn't.

    Thanks
    Neither of them work for me. I'd say "...as if I were a child".

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    Re: 'like I am' vs 'as I were'

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Neither of them work for me. I'd say "...as if I were a child".
    Your suggestion is just perfect. But I do wonder what is wrong with the first sentence!

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    #4

    Re: 'like I am' vs 'as I were'

    An American would say the first is fine, and so is "as if I were a child" (as suggested), and so is "as though I were a child." (I too prefer bhai's suggestion, though.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #5

    Re: 'like I am' vs 'as I were'

    How about saying?

    Don't talk with me as if I were a child. talk with me
    Don't talk me as if I were a child. talk me

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    #6

    Re: 'like I am' vs 'as I were'

    Quote Originally Posted by waleed123456 View Post
    How about saying?

    Don't talk with me as if I were a child. Talk with me This is incomplete. "Talk with me as one adult to another," or something like that, is needed.

    Don't talk me as if I were a child. talk me -- No, you can talk TO me or talk WITH me, but not just "talk me."
    In this sentence, "talk to" is more natural than "talk with."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: 'like I am' vs 'as I were'

    Quote Originally Posted by waleed123456 View Post
    How about saying?

    Don't talk with me as if I were a child. talk with me (makes no sense on its own)
    Don't talk me as if I were a child. talk me Whole line is wrong because "Talk me" is not correct in English.
    Some people will say "talk with me" but that suggests a conversation. "Talk to me" suggests more of a one-way monologue-style type of speaking.

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    #8

    Re: 'like I am' vs 'as I were'

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    In this sentence, "talk to" is more natural than "talk with."
    Maybe this is a BrE thing, but talk with me sounds wrong to me here.

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    #9

    Re: 'like I am' vs 'as I were'

    I'm not quite ready to say it's wrong. I'll amend my statement to say that "talk to sounds MUCH more natural."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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