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    #1

    as if

    Dear teachers,

    Please read the sentence:
    But even tyrants tend to talk about power as if it is bad.
    As far as I know ''as if'' can be used in subjunctive mood and it should be ''as if it were bad''. It can also be used in real conditional clauses , thus ''as if it is bad''. I am trying to explain the difference between the two:

    as if it were bad: they don't think it is bad.
    as if it is bad: they pretend to make people believe it is bad.

    Is that right?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Re: as if

    Re:
    But even tyrants tend to talk about power as if it is bad.
    Whether it is bad or not they tend to talk about it in a way that indicates that they think it is bad.







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