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riceball72

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Hi
I have a co-worker who was taught in school (in Japan) that when you us as if you use were / was.

we have the following sentence...

- They look as if they are wearing tuxedos.

My co-workers think it should be - as if they were...... (we are talking about penguins by the way).

I have looked in my dictionary and given the following explanation...

- used when describing something has a similar appearance to sb/sth.

I have looked through several grammar books but I am not having much luck explaining this so that it makes sense.

Can anybody help?
 

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