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    #1

    like he was my own brother

    Mom is leaving from home, telling Roger rabbit to take care of the baby. He:
    I'll take care of him like he was my own brother. Or my own sister.
    'Who framed Roger Rabbit', movie

    The past simple is used because it's the subjunctive. It's like "as if he were"...
    Am I right?
    Thank you.


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    #2

    Re: like he was my own brother

    Yes. As if he were.

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    #3

    Re: like he was my own brother

    The original sentence uses "like" as a conjunction. While this is acceptable in informal English, the "as if he were" version would be be needed in formal English. The use of "like" as a conjunction is considered by many to be a usage problem.

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