For As if/As though, if the sentence expresses the information which is unreal in the present, we use "past subjunctive" and to be : were for all the subjects? Is it correct or incorrect?

For example: He acts as though he were rich. ( But he is not rich). --> We use "were" for all the subjects in this case or we can use "was" for singular subject and "were" for plural subject?

Thanks for your help

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The subjunctive is always were.

He acts as though he were rich.

(I) wish you were here (traditional message on holiday postcards).

I wish I were taller. (This is the correct version, though many people would use I wish I was in informal speech.)

  • Thanks a lot for help.
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    Commented Apr 6, 2023 at 7:34

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