V as if, V as though, V like
The 'act' groupThese verbs are concerned with behaving or speaking. The clause indicates a situation in which the behaviour or what is said would be expected or appropriate.
This is a productive use: any verb which indicates behaviour or action can be used with this pattern. The verbs listed here are the ones which are most frequently used in this way.
act behave speak talk
Act as if nothing had happened.
Some activists now speak as though any attempt to clarify the law is a denial of justice which demands compensation.