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    nationality

    Do these both sound equally natural?

    He speaks English (as) fluently as if he was/were an American.
    He speaks English (as) fluently as if he was/were American.

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    Re: nationality

    I'd only use "were" but you can use it as a noun or adjective here.
    You can also say "He speaks English as fluently as an American."
    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: nationality

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    you can use it as a noun or adjective here.
    You mean both 'an American' and 'American' sound perfectly natural?

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    Re: nationality

    Yes
    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: nationality

    Good. Thank you, Barb!

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    Re: nationality

    However, Barb_D's suggestion does require the noun.

    He speaks English as fluently as an American. <-- Good.
    He speaks English as fluently as American. <-- Not good, unless you've already made it clear you want to say that English and American are different languages and he speaks them both equally well.

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