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    Smile He sounded as if he was worried about something.

    Jane, your father called when you were out. He sounded as if he was worried about something.


    If I omit "was" in the bolded phrase, do I make a change in meaning? Thanks.


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    Re: He sounded as if he was worried about something.

    You do indeed change the meaning.

    "as if he was worried about something" = something is worrying him now.

    "as if he worried about about something" = he is always worrying about something.

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    Re: He sounded as if he was worried about something.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    You do indeed change the meaning.

    "as if he was worried about something" = something is worrying him now.

    "as if he worried about about something" = he is always worrying about something.
    Thanks, Anglika.
    Got it.

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