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    Hi,
    Is this sentence correct?
    "He acts as if he cared about nothing."
    Could you tell me if I need to use “cared” in the past?
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mylevt View Post
    Hi,
    Is this sentence correct?
    "He acts as if he cared about nothing."
    Could you tell me if I need to use “cared” in the past?
    Thanks.
    If the comparison is hypothetical you can use a past form, otherwise you caan say: He acts as if he cares about nothing.

    I am not a professional teacher. You may wait for coments from our experts.

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    Re: as if

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    If the comparison is hypothetical you can use a past form, otherwise you caan say: He acts as if he cares about nothing.

    I am not a professional teacher. You may wait for coments from our experts.
    Thanks Manas.
    You are correct.
    He walks as if he were drunk.(Implying he is not drunk)

    He walks as if he is drunk.(Meaning he is drunk).

    He acts as if he cares about nothing.(Meaning he cares about nothing)
    He acts as if he cared about nothing.(Meaning he doesn't care about anything)
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    rj1948.
    Last edited by rj1948; 23-Jun-2008 at 17:38.

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    Re: as if

    Thank you rj1948. You have made the thing very clear with good examples.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rj1948 View Post
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    He walks as if he is drunk.(Meaning he is drunk).[/B][/COLOR]
    It's not that the speaker is 100% sure that the person is drunk. He just doesn't rule out this possibility.

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    Re: as if

    He acts as if he cares about nothing.(Meaning he cares about nothing)
    He acts as if he cared about nothing.(Meaning he doesn't care about anything)
    What's the difference here?


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    Re: as if

    Not an English teacher.

    The words "as if," are often used alone in direct speech.

    I told Jenny that my husband had come home late last night.
    "What did he say?" she asked.
    "That he was working late," I replied.
    "As if !" she said with a look of disbelief.

    Meaning "As if he was working late"

    "Do you think we can rely on Marie to collect the tickets?" I asked.
    "As if !" Sam replied.

    Meaning "As if we can rely on Marie to collect the tickets"


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    What's the difference here?
    No semantic difference that I can perceive.


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    Re: as if

    He acts as if he cares about nothing. (1)
    He acts as if he cared about nothing. (2)

    (1) = It looks he doesn't care about anything. (The speaker thinks that the person probably doesn't care about anything)
    (2) = He pretends he doesn't care about anything. (The speaker thinks that the person only pretends he doesn't care, but actually he does).
    Last edited by Clark; 24-Jun-2008 at 14:31.

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