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    #1

    as if she has been vs as if she had been

    1)"She explains everything so well as if she has been a teacher all her life."


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    2)"She explained everything so well as if she had been a teacher all her life."

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    3)"She explains everything so well as if she had been a teacher all her life."

    To me sentences 1) and 2) are correct whereas 3) seems to be incorrect. What do you think?

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    #2

    Re: as if she has been vs as if she had been

    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    1)"She explains everything so well as if she has been a teacher all her life."


    OR

    2)"She explained everything so well as if she had been a teacher all her life."

    OR


    3)"She explains everything so well as if she had been a teacher all her life."

    To me sentences 1) and 2) are correct whereas 3) seems to be incorrect. What do you think?
    You need a comma after "well" in each case. I'd accept #3 as correct.

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    #3

    Re: as if she has been vs as if she had been

    What's the difference between 1) and 3)?

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    #4

    Re: as if she has been vs as if she had been

    NOT A TEACHER

    Hi,

    The three sentences are possible, but there's a difference in meaning. Observe:

    Sentence 1 - she explains in a way that leads me to assume that she probably is a teacher.

    Sentence 2 - she explained something, but I assume that she was not a teacher. She speaks as if she were, but she's not.

    Sentence 3 - Same explanation on 2, but in the present tense ( explains instead of explained).

    Regards.

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    #5

    Re: as if she has been vs as if she had been

    Quote Originally Posted by BrunaBC View Post
    Sentence 1 - she explains in a way that leads me to assume that she probably is a teacher.
    No. It's not a question of the speaker assuming this. The speaker is simply saying that 'she' explained things in a way that she would have done if she had been a teacher all her life. We cannot be certain, but it is possible that the speaker knows/believes that 'she' was not a teacher, or at least had not been one for long.

    Sentence 2 - she explained something, but I assume that she was not a teacher. She speaks as if she were, but she's not.
    That's possible. It's also possible that the speaker assumed 'she' was a teacher, but had not been one for long.
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    #6

    Re: as if she has been vs as if she had been

    Wow.! I can hardly get the difference between 1) and 3). I guess the 1) more real than 3).

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