I learned from many sources that as if it were is accepted by all native English speakers. And as if it was is widely used, especially informally. But is the simple present indicative accepted as well in this context? That is, can as if it is be used in hypothetical situations?

When driving a car, flow is the feeling of oneness with the machine, which performs as if it were an extension of the body. When surfing on the Internet, it is the seamless sequence of responses facilitated by machine interactivity, being intrinsically enjoyable and accompanied by loss of self-consciousness.

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"If it were" or "If it was" can be used to give a hypothetical condition. It's not actually true that the car is a part, or an extension, of your body, but hypothetically if it was an extension, you would get the same feeling of flow.

"If it is" could be used to give a condition that could (perhaps in the future) be true. But this is not the intended meaning here.

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