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    Exclamation "You look as if you were in a fight'

    Hello,

    Scenario: "You meet Bill. He has a black eye and some plasters on his face."

    Can we use both of the following?

    You say to him: "You look as if you have been in a fight.'
    or
    You say to him: "You look as if you were in a fight.'

    Scenario: "You met Bill yesterday. He looked so tired."
    You say to your friend about him: 'Bill looked as if he hadn't slept for a few days.'

    Is that correct?
    Thanks.

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    Re: "You look as if you were in a fight'

    All correct.

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    Re: "You look as if you were in a fight'

    I still find "plasters" applies better to plaster casts, i.e. major bandages, than to stick-on Band-Aids, which are soft and removable.

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    Re: "You look as if you were in a fight'

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    I still find "plasters" applies better to plaster casts, i.e. major bandages, than to stick-on Band-Aids, which are soft and removable.
    In BrE, a plaster​ is a small, removable, self-adhesive bandage.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: "You look as if you were in a fight'

    Yes, it is, but I still find it odd. Odder even than "Left Luggage."

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