Answered By: Writing Center
Last Updated: Nov 05, 2015     Views: 1

As if is a comparative phrase. It compares one thing with another, either physical, abstract, or metaphorical thing. 

You can use as if to say how somebody or something looks/sounds/feels, etc.

e.g.: That house looks as if it is going to fall down.

You can also say it looks/sounds/smells as if.

e.g.: Do you hear that music next door? It sounds as if they are having a party.

You can use as if with other verbs to say how somebody does something.

e.g.: He ran as if he was running for his life.

After as if we sometimes use the past when we are talking about the present. The meaning is not past in this sentence. We use the past because the idea is not real.

e.g.: I don't like Norma. She talks as if she knew everything.

 

 

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