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Nível Fluente › A Rose from Homer's Grave Part 1

COMPARISON CLAUSE  WITH "AS IF"
Dialog: "...they glistened as if they were mother of pearl."

We use "as if" followed by a noun, -ing, past participle, or an infinitive verb to introduce a comparison with something in the main clause. It's used to give an explanation, or to say that something appears to be the case but is not. In the dialog sentence above "they" (the bird's wings) glistened like they were mother of pearl, but the wings really weren't mother of pearl.

 

1) AS IF + NOUN

  • Jack speaks to me as if I were a child.
  • The package looked as if it had been stomped on by an elephant.

 

2) AS IF + -ING

  • Kelly acted as if living in Beverly Hills was beneath her. She grew up in poor section of town!
  • He struggled to open the coconut, as if cutting through cement.

 

3) AS IF + PAST PARTICIPLE

  • The tree was split in half as if struck by lightning.
  • The painting was an impressive copy, as if painted by Picasso himself.

 

4) AS IF + INFINITIVE

  • As if to make things worse, Tiffany not only told all of her friends she was breaking up with Rob, but announced it on Facebook before she told him!
  • Our accountant told us again how much our stock had decreased in value, as if to emphasize how poorly we're doing.

 

Sobre esta aula

"All the songs of the east speak of the love of the nightingale for the rose in the silent starlight night. The winged songster serenades the fragrant flowers." And so begins Hans Christian Anderson's tale, A Rose from Homer's Grave. That's right, in today's lesson you'll be listening to a fairy tale... (It's ok. You can be an adult and still like fairy tales. We won't tell anyone!)

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