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AS IF, AS THOUGH, AS OF or AS EVER? Take this Quiz

As If or As Though in English GrammarWhat is the difference between AS IF, AS EVER, AS THOUGH and AS OF in English?

In this free DailyStep English Lesson, you will learn to avoid mistakes with these expressions using AS. Also, do you know the difference between AS IF as a conjunction and "AS IF!" as an exclamation?  OK let's start now. First, please take this QUIZ:

How was your score in the quiz?  Next, take this lesson to make sure you understand these expressions with AS:

 

AS OF, AS IF, AS THOUGH and AS EVER
By Jane Lawson at DailyStep.com


1.  AS OF

Meaning:

starting from a particular time or date.

Examples:  1. As of next week, he will be working in our London office.
2. He will be working on our team as of tomorrow.

Note: in these examples, we can also say

‘From next week’ or ‘from next week onwards’ and

‘from tomorrow’ or ‘from tomorrow onwards.’


2. AS IF / AS THOUGH

 


We use these expressions to describe how a person or situation seems to be.

Examples: 1. I felt as though I was going to faint.

2. It looks as if it is going to rain.

3. She sounded as though she was trying not to laugh.

Note:  Here, AS IF and AS THOUGH have exactly the same meaning.

In informal English conversation, we often use the word LIKE instead of AS IF and AS THOUGH. For example:  It looks like it’s going to rain.

However, this is incorrect English! So do not use it in English exams.

It is correct to say:
She looks like her sister. (LIKE + NOUN)

But incorrect to say:

She sounded like she was trying not to laugh. (LIKE + CLAUSE)


3. AS IF!


We use this informal expression to show that we think something is impossible.

Examples: 1. ‘Do you think The Queen will come to my birthday party if I invite her?’

‘As if!’ (note: this means ‘That is impossible')


2. She thinks she is going to be a famous artist. As if! I mean, have you seen her paintings?

Note: this is an informal expression, used mainly in spoken English. You must use the correct intonation here, so listen carefully!


4.  AS EVER


in the same way as always

Examples: 1. As ever, he was over an hour late!

2. The children woke up at five o’clock in the morning, as ever!
note: we can use AS ALWAYS instead of AS EVER.

 

Now try to write your own sentences using these expressions. Make sure they are true to your own life, as this will help you to remember them better.  At the bottom of this page you can download a free PDF file of this lesson and if you are a DailyStep subscriber, you can also download the audio file.

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