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Greetings, everyone

I have learned that in hypothetical situations the word "were" is the preferred one, e.g "If I were rich I'd be able to travel the world."

However, I am confused as to which word to use with "as if"

It seems that "was" is grammatically correct, as proved by the following sentence found on the Cambridge Dictionary website: "The floods were rising and it was as if it was the end of the world".

For example, someone is in the middle of an argument and they say: "You say that to me as if I were/am/was dumb!". Which word should I go for?

Or even "As if this wasn't/weren't enough evidence."

I would appreciate some help to clarify this subject.

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You'll find just about every tense that exists in the English language after "as if".

It looks as if they will arrive earlier than usual.
Sharon is behaving as if she has just seen a ghost.
Karen talks as if she knows what she's talking about.
John had no authority in the office, but he always acted as if he did.

CJ

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JoaozinFor example, someone is in the middle of an argument and they say: "You say that to me as if I were/am/was dumb!". Which word should I go for?

Any of them will be just fine. In order of formality (more or less), most formal first:

1) were 2) was 3) am

CJ