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Autor:  Razor wire
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Data:  17/MAR/2009 8:05 PM
Assunto:  as if (had + 3 / - + 3)
 
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The last time I saw them was 2 years ago. I dropped in unexpectedly. They were eating seafood, my favorite dish.

-It´s as if they KNEW I was coming.

-It´s as if they HAD KNOWN I was coming.

Which one to use?


The first alternative sounds quite natural, although the second would appear to be strictly correct in terms of sequence of tenses.

 

Perhaps your example illustrates the flexibility of verb use where context makes the
 situation clear. 

 

It is not as if any listener would be confused about the message or time sequence inherent in it, so the decision whether or not to use 'had known' as opposed to 'knew' is not a critical one - it does not blur the speaker's meaning or the listener's ability to understand what is intended.


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It´s as if  –  Gate Crasher  17/MAR/2009, 8:03 AM
 as if (had + 3 / - + 3)  –  Razor wire  17/MAR/2009, 8:05 PM

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