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Reply to "As if & as though"

As opposed to David's "were seeing," which refers to an unreal present (the person is not seeing a ghost but looks as if (s)he were), my understanding of "(just) saw" (similar to "have seen") in (b) is that the person may have actually seen a ghost (real past).

I agree with your interpretation of (c) and (d).

In both (b) and (d) the presence of "as if" makes it sound as if the actual sight of a ghost is or was a possibility.

In my opinion, "were seeing" seems a little bit odd. Its meaning is different from the others. I agree with you concerning 'b', however, if I weren't a believer in ghosts, 'saw' (without using just) might be in the subjunctive mood (if I believe we don't see ghosts as they aren't found).

Last edited by ahmed_btm
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