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    As if he had been

    These two sentences are from my short story. I am not sure about the second one and the part, "as if he had been imploring God." I am wondering if I could also use "as if he were imploring God."
    Would you please take a look at them and correct my mistakes.

    The young man passed by Jasmine’s overgrown garden and his breast constricted with pain. Jasmine, please help me. He repeated his prayer over and over as if he had been imploring God.

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    #2

    Re: As if he had been

    I am not a native speaker.

    Following this rule:
    -"as if he were imploring God" (or: as if he implored) - refers to the time of speaking, and
    -"as if he had been imploring God" - refers to the past (the time before repeating prayers),
    shouldn't the 1st version be more appropriate?
    Last edited by Meja; 18-Aug-2015 at 10:24.

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    #3

    Re: As if he had been

    I agree with Meja about using "as if he were", but I am not sure about the first part, "his breast constricted with pain".
    I am not a teacher.

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    #4

    Re: As if he had been

    I am wondering if I could write the second sentence like this:
    He repeated his prayer over and over as if imploring God.

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    #5

    Re: As if he had been

    I deem it OK, but I am not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: As if he had been

    Yes, you can.

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    #7

    Re: As if he had been

    I think 'as if to implore God' is also OK, but I am not a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: As if he had been

    Does he think he's having a heart attack? If so, I'd say "his chest".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: As if he had been

    emsr,
    He is passing by the house of a girl who had left the country. This happens when he is rounded up together with other men to be taken away in a prison camp. This is both emotional and physical pain. So maybe i should write: His chest constricted with pain.

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    Re: As if he had been

    taken away to a prison camp.
    He(suddenly) feels his chest constricted in pain?
    I am not a teacher.

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