as if / though + present


Senior Member
Could you say:

He looks as if he is going to cry. (The character in the picture is likely to)

Does it sound correct to you?

I know that unreal preterite often follows "it's as if/though" but the situation here is not really unreal because there is a high probability that the character is going to cry considering the expression on his face.

He looks as though he were/was going to cry.

Thanks for your answers.
  • akaAJ

    Senior Member
    American English, Yiddish
    Idiomatic USE is certainly "is" going to cry. If "He looked", I would use "was"; I don't see a need for the subjunctive here, although purists might.

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