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    as if

    hi,
    is the following sentence grammatically correct?

    "he starts to smoke as if he hasn't promised"

    can we use present perfect after as if?

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    Re: as if

    Hello Light,

    I wouldn't call it incorrect; though it would require a suitable context to complete the sense of "promised".

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    Re: as if

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello Light,

    I wouldn't call it incorrect; though it would require a suitable context to complete the sense of "promised".

    Best wishes,

    MrP
    What do you suggest in this context? Could it be "....as if he has given his word."?

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    Re: as if

    hello,
    someone said it is not possible to use present perfect after as if , only simple past is used, especially if the verb in the main sentence is in the past form

    e.g "she sounded as if she has never done it"
    "it seems as if she has cleaned the room"

    what is the correct tense combinations in as if usage?

    supada: yes it meant as you said

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    Re: as if

    Quote Originally Posted by light View Post
    hello,
    someone said it is not possible to use present perfect after as if , only simple past is used, especially if the verb in the main sentence is in the past form

    e.g "she sounded as if she has never done it"(had never done)
    "it seems as if she has cleaned the room"

    what is the correct tense combinations in as if usage?

    supada: yes it meant as you said
    He behaved as if/ as though nothing had happened.
    He acted as if he were mad.
    He spoke as though he knew all about our plans.
    He opened his mouth as if to speak.
    You look as if you are going to faint.

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    Re: as if

    Hello Supada,

    Quote Originally Posted by supada View Post
    What do you suggest in this context? Could it be "....as if he has given his word."?
    You might say e.g.

    1. "He promises me he'll never smoke again, and tells me he knows it's bad for him. Then an hour later, he opens a packet of cigarettes and starts to smoke as if he hasn't promised." [A girl complaining about her boyfriend.]

    Here, the context completes the sense: "...as if he hasn't promised [never to smoke again]".

    In this instance, the present perfect underlines the "recent" aspect of the "promise": the continuum between the "promise" and the "starting to smoke again" is unbroken.

    However, cases where you could comfortably use the present perfect are quite rare.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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