as if she <was><had been> in charge

jack012

Member
Bulgarian
Hello!
I know that as if/as though are usually used with the usual time when talking about real situations, were/was for present and future unreal situations and had been for past and perfect unreal situations. But is this corresponding to the present or to the tense in the sentence. For example: "She was acting as if she <was><had been> in charge of the project, but in fact she knew nothing about it." If it were she is acing, it would be had been, but what about this situation? Which is the correct tense.

Thanks in advance.
 
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    I'm not sure I've entirely understood what you're asking here, but I would write the sentence in question as:
    "She was acting as if she were in charge of the project, but in fact she knew nothing about it."

    That's without any context, by the way. ;)
     
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