Introductory it as Subject
1.5 it V as if, it V as though, it V likeThe verb is followed by a clause beginning with as if, as though, or like.
|it||Verb group||as if/as though/like-clause|
|It||looks||as if there would be a rebellion.|
|It||seemed||like his dream had come true.|
|It||sounds||as though she is leading an invalid life.|
Verbs with this pattern are concerned with what a situation seems or feels like. They are all link verbs (see Chapter 5).
appear be feel look seem sound
There was smoke coming up at the bottom of the hill. It appeared as if there had been a bonfire or something.
Chess experts are awe-struck by Fischer's play. It is as if he had never stopped playing chess.
The band played. It felt like the room was a moving vehicle and had just crashed up against a wall of sound.