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    as if he (was, had been) a doctor

    This is a queston of my grammar book.
    The answer here is "had been", which means that "had been" denotes counterfactual hypothesis in as if clause, but from teachers here, I learned "had been" doesn't give a definite answer for being true or false. What do you think?

    A : He talks as if he (was, had been) a doctor.
    B : In fact, he was a nurse.

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    Re: as if he (was, had been) a doctor

    Is "had been" the only answer here?

    A : He talks as if he (was, had been) a doctor.
    B : In fact, he was a nurse.

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    Re: as if he (was, had been) a doctor

    'He talks as if he was (or 'were') a doctor' is acceptable to me.

    Rover

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