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Re: “as” clause and tense  •  October 16, 2013, 2:47pm  •  0 vote

Will, I think that the pluperfect "had fallen asleep" demonstrates separation from present state. Kind of disjunctive, or even concessive. Present perfect can infer past action with an effect on the

Re: “as” clause and tense  •  October 15, 2013, 11:44pm  •  3 votes

The simile refers to things that children presently are in the habit of doing, independent of the tense of the main verbal clauses. Simpler one: "She hugged her son, as mothers do." It would be weird

Re: As it were  •  October 15, 2013, 11:23pm  •  0 vote

I often hear it used parenthetically, as if it means "as it turns out", or "as it happens to be", which is is not present contrafactual subjunctive. Example: "He came, five hours too late, as it were