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If I were a rich man...

can be written as

Were I a rich man...

Is this rewriting also valid after 'as'?

He behaved as if he were a rich man...

He behaved as were he a rich man...

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    "If I were a rich man" can be replaced with "Were I a rich man" ... you left out the indefinite article, and later on you left out the pronoun "he": the second-to-last example should be "He behaved as if he were a rich man..." I've edited to fix these since they don't seem to be related to your main question. – sumelic Jun 1 '17 at 18:42
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    The short answer is "no, you can't write it that way", but I don't really have a good explanation for why not. – stangdon Jun 1 '17 at 23:03
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Your two sentences have completely different feelings about them tough they have the same meaning

If I were a rich man...
Were I a rich man...

using "if" emphasizes the hypothetical-ness of asking the question, whereas the second may convey more pondering

He behaved as if he were a rich man...

is correct

He behaved as were he a rich man...

is incorrect, but could be corrected to

He behaved as though he was a rich man...

As a side note: "Were I a rich man" would not fit into the song as well as

If I were a rich man

  • Say, Peter, is "He behaved as though a rich man..." also correct? – SovereignSun Dec 27 '17 at 18:24
  • "He behave as though he was a rich man" would be better or "He behaved as if he was a rich man", but your sentence would still probably be understood. – Peter Dec 27 '17 at 23:56

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