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@Freeguy posted:

She looks ..... she ........ a ghost.
1) as if, saw
2) as though, had seen

Hi, Freeguy—Either "as if" for "as though" can be used; they mean the same thing. However, only "had seen" makes sense in the dependent clause. If she had seen a ghost, she would look as she does now. With "saw," it would be important to add "just" ("just saw") to clarify that past time meaning is intended.

  • She looks as if she had seen a ghost (a moment ago).
  • She looks as if she were seeing a ghost (right now).
  • She looks as if she just saw a ghost (a moment ago).
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