Interested in Language
Two questions: (no Crowley this time )
1) Does the sentence I wrote sound natural?
2) Should I use as if they wanted to or as if they would like to?
"Our new neighbours look down their noses at us as if they wanted to show us they are something superior to us."
Thank you very much.
Not a Teacher
I would use "want", not "wanted". The whole sentence seems to refer to a regular or habitual action so using the present tense throughout is appropriate. I would remove "something".
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.