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    #1

    His face cleared up as if

    His face cleared up as if the sun came out from the clouds.

    I think the sentence above isn't correct and it should be:

    His face cleared up as if the sun had come out from the clouds.

    Am I right?

    Moreover does "cleared up" sounds natural to you in the sentence above?
    Last edited by Boris Tatarenko; 24-Mar-2016 at 22:03. Reason: typo
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #2

    Re: His face cleared up as if

    I have no idea what "his face cleared up" is supposed to mean.

    Note that you have used "isnot" in your post. That's not a word.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Exclamation Re: His face cleared up as if

    I'm trying to say, let's say, a friend of mine was in a bad, gloomy mood, so his face was quite "dark". But suddenly his face became brighter, lighter because something raised his spirits. And I say the fact that his face became brighter as though the sun had come out from the clouds and shone it.

    It's tough to explain. I'm literally trying my best.
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

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    #4

    Re: His face cleared up as if

    If the context is clear, your sentence works. You would have to have written something like "His face had a sombre cast" before it.
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    #5

    Re: His face cleared up as if

    I'd say '...as if the sun had come out from behind the clouds'.
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    #6

    Re: His face cleared up as if

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    We sometimes use the phrase "his/her face lit up", in this sort of context.
    For example: "He was obviously in a bad mood, but when Mary entered the room his face lit up, as if the sun had come out from behind the clouds".

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    #7

    Re: His face cleared up as if

    Or brightened up.

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