as though/as if + present tense?


Senior Member
português, Brasil
Is it correct to use the present tense after as though/ as if,or do I necessarily have to use the past tense or the subjunctive? In case that's acceptable, do you think it is appropriate for a slightly formal written language?

By putting it like that you might sound as though you are trying to promote their cause.

Thanks in advance.
  • river

    Senior Member
    U.S. English
    The indicative would be correct but it suggests that the information could possibly be true. "As though you are trying" means you probably are trying to promote their cause. "Were" suggests you are not.