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    Talking Use of "as if"

    Are the following correct use of "as if"?


    1. He is walking as if he has hurt his leg.
    2. Don't make expression as if the world is lost around you.
    3. It looks as if it is something from heaven.
    4. After he left me I am feeling as if I have nothing left with me.
    5. He talks as if he knows everything about it. But he knows nothing.



    Thanks.

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    Re: Use of "as if"

    Quote Originally Posted by debasis1983 View Post
    Are the following correct use of "as if"?


    1. He is walking as if he has hurt his leg.
    2. Don't make expression as if the world is lost around you.
    3. It looks as if it is something from heaven.
    4. After he left me I am feeling as if I have nothing left with me.
    5. He talks as if he knows everything about it. But he knows nothing.



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    1, 3 and 5 are fine. 2 and 4 are not natural sentences but "as if" seems to be used correctly.

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    Re: Use of "as if"

    It looks as if it is something from heaven.

    I can't think of a natural context in which that one would work.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 03-Feb-2014 at 23:13.

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    Re: Use of "as if"

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    It looks as if it is something from heaven.

    I can't think of a natural context in which that one would work.

    Clearly you have never seen a chocolate fountain!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 21-Feb-2014 at 00:06. Reason: typo
    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: Use of "as if"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    1, 3 and 5 are fine. 2 and 4 are not natural sentences but "as if" seems to be used correctly.
    What should be the appropriate sentence for 2 and 4 ?

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    Re: Use of "as if"

    Quote Originally Posted by debasis1983 View Post
    What should be the appropriate sentence for 2 and 4 ?
    I can't make sense of 2, so I can't correct it. #4 would be better as: "Since he left me I feel as if I have nothing."

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    Re: Use of "as if"

    "There is still hope. Don't look as though all is lost" perhaps?
    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: Use of "as if"

    I donít intend to confuse the OP. However, three English teachers with hugely experience in the English language didnít comment about capitalization of the word HEAVEN. So, should I ignore what being mentioned in the below quotation?

    Capitalization

    10) Religious references, please capitalize God, Jesus, Lord, Father, Holy Spirit, Savior, Heaven, Hell, Bible and the Word (as in the Word of God) and all pronouns referring to God including Him and His. (Ex: We thank God for His blessings.)
    http://www.asbury.edu/offices/public...capitalization


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    Re: Use of "as if"

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Clearly you have never seen a chocolate fountain!
    What does the expression mean?

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    Re: Use of "as if"

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chan View Post
    What does the expression mean?
    Click here to see pictures of chocolate fountains.

    Molten chocolate is pumped up the centre of the structure and cascades down from the top. Fruit etc can be dipped into it for coating.

    This is chocolate heaven for many people.

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