Here are two sentences and I'd like to know which is common or you would more likely choose.
He looked as if he was a beggar.
I'm not sure whether he was a beggar or not, but seeing as his clothes being worn out, it seems that he was a beggar.
He looked as if he had been a beggar.
It implies that he was probably not a beggar. He could actually be my boss or he brought quite a large amount of money with him. I couldn't understand why he was dressing like that even though he was not a beggar.
Am I right to think this way? The 2nd one is quite complex to use because it implies quit a lot. Is the 2nd sentence common enough?