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    #1

    as if to = as if + sentence?

    Hi,

    I've seached on the net for the differences between 'as if + to do / as if + doing / as though + to do / as though + doing' and 'as if/though + sentence' but I could not understand anyting. Some say that we can use as if to ... or as if + an -ing verb to show intention; others say that as if to ... or as if + an -ing verb are used, especially in more poetic language.

    Could you please tell me the difference between them?

    *my sentences*

    - She looked at me as if she was going to tell me something.
    - She looked at me as if to tell me something.

    - She looks as if she is hungry.
    - She looks as if to be hungry. ---------> this sounds wrong to me but I don't know why.

    Thank you!

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    #2

    Re: as if to = as if + sentence?

    1. I would write "as if she were going to tell me something". (subjunctive)
    2. OK
    3. "as if she were hungry". (subjunctive)
    4. That doesn't work.

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    #3

    Re: as if to = as if + sentence?

    I think 'as if hungry' is OK.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: as if to = as if + sentence?

    Not very natural.

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