He acted as if he knew me well.

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1) He acts as if he knows me well.

 

2) He acts as if he knew me well.

 

3) He acted as if he knew me well.

 

4) He acted as if  he had known me well.

 

I know there is a meaning difference between #1 and #2, but I was wondering if we should see #3 as a tense agreed sentence and a past version of  #1 or Conditional 2 like #2? If my question is unclear, I just would you like to let me know the meaning of the #3 and what is a difference between #2 and #3 then?

 

Thank you so much as always and have a good day.

edited Oct 23 '13 at 11:47 Hans Contributor

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When you use 'acts', you are describing his action at the present time, and 'acted' describes what happened in the past. I think you know that.

#1 is saying that he is currently acting like he currently knows me well.

#2 is saying that he is currently acting like he knew me well in the past.

#3 is saying that he acted like he knew me well.  This makes no reference to when he knew me, just that all action occurred in the past.

#4 is saying that he acted like he knew me well at some point prior to the time he was acting like he knew me.

 

I hope these explanations are helpful.

link comment answered Oct 23 '13 at 13:14 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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