Grammar Patterns

Introductory it as Subject

1.5 it V as if, it V as though, it V like

The verb is followed by a clause beginning with as if, as though, or like.
itVerb groupas if/as though/like-clause
SubjectVerbClause
Itlooksas if there would be a rebellion.
Itseemedlike his dream had come true.
Itsoundsas 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).
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.
  • appear
  • be
  • feel
  • look
  • seem
  • sound
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