1. Andy acts as though he knew everything
  1. Andy acted as though he knew everything
  1. Andy acted as though he had known everything

I know that the first sentence is correct. But what about the next two? Should I use past perfect tense in the clause following 'as though' if the clause before it is in past indefinite?

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    I would expect (1) to read '...as though he knows everything'. (2) is fine. (3) seems to me to need something more, such as '...as though he had known everything about it for a long time.' – Kate Bunting Jul 5 '20 at 15:11
  • I thought 'as though' and 'as if' could be used to mean improbable situations, e.g. when someone acts like they know everything but in reality they do not. I thought in these situations 'as though' and 'as if' were followed by past form of verbs as in (1). – Sajjad Hossain Jul 5 '20 at 17:46
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    They are used for hypothetical situations - obviously no-one can 'know everything'. However, they don't have to be followed by the past tense. See collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/as-though (scroll down to the examples). – Kate Bunting Jul 6 '20 at 8:38

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