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    #1

    His curt reply

    I am wondering if my sentences sound natural. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    1. His curt reply felt as if he had emptied a bucket of cold water over my head.

    If I use like instead of "as if" would my sentence still be correct?

    2. His curt reply felt like he had emptied a bucket of cold water over my head.

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    Re: His curt reply

    I see no difference in "like" or "as if" there, but I give you this alternative:
    His curt reply left me feeling like he'd just dumped a bucket of cold water on me.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: His curt reply

    Like Barb I would add a couple of words. I would have gone with "His curt reply made me feel as if/like ...".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: His curt reply

    I might shorten it:

    His curt reply felt like a bucket of cold water over the head.

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