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    It looked like/as if

    In the context of somebody describing a female film character:
    "She/It looked like/as if she was from the past century".
    Is it either the impersonal "it" or "she" (the woman)? Also, which one should be used: "like" or "as if"?
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    Re: It looked like/as if

    Quote Originally Posted by mihallure View Post
    In the context of somebody describing a female film character:
    "She/It looked like/as if she was from the past century".
    Is it either the impersonal "it" or "she" (the woman)? Also, which one should be used: "like" or "as if"?
    Thank you.
    In my opinion, you could use either "it" or "she" but they would have different meanings. With "she" the focus is on her appearance (dress, hair style, etc.). With "it" there is a broader focus that goes beyond appearance. For example, she could be cooking in a kitchen full of antiquated equipment.

    The use of "like" as a conjunction is considered a usage problem by many. Its normal use as a connector is as a preposition. In informal English, you could use either, but in more formal English "as If" would be the better choice.

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