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subhajit123

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What's the difference between these two sentences?
1- He looks as if he had seen a vampire.
2- He looks as if he has seen a ghost.
 

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There is no reason to use the past perfect tense in the first sentence.
 

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Apart from the problem with the tense in #1, the difference is that #2 is an understandable and existing expression whereas #1 isn't.


#1 assumes that we all know what people look like when they see a vampire, and that they all have the same look. I don't.
 

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If you want to ask about a difference, the rest of the sentence should remain the same. Changing anything that isn't the issue at hand just complicates your question.
 
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