Hey, there, it’s Mark from The Everyday Language Podcast. Today, I’m going to talk about; I want to talk about the idiom “as if”.
So this is an informal idiom that expresses that something is very unlikely or very doubtful. Maybe it’s easier to remember if you think of it as a shortened version of “as if that’s true”.
Okay, so without the last two words “that’s true”. So you can use this with friends, to cast doubt on something that they’ve said, or have claimed, and you can also use this to be modest about a claim that someone else makes about you.
Okay, so for the first use – to cast doubt on something, a friend of yours says, “I saw Brad Pitt in the supermarket yesterday, he must be shooting a film nearby”. (So “to shoot a film” means “to make a film”.)
So, you think that’s really unlikely, and your friend often exaggerates, so you can reply, “As if! That never happened, You made it up!”
Okay, and for the second example, one of your colleagues at work says, “I heard, you’re going to get promoted”.
But because you’re performing badly at work, and you do not get on with the boss, and you really doubt that this will happen – You doubt, you will get a promotion you reply, “As if! Not a chance!”
So this can be used in conversations about sports teams as well.
For example, about football matches, a Chelsea fan might say, “I think Chelsea will beat Barcelona tonight”. And a Barcelona fan may say [in reply], “As if, they’ve got no chance!”
Okay so “as if” is to cast doubt on something, or to be modest.
So please try to use this idiom and write me a sentence in the comment section below with “as if”. And check out the everydaylanguage.net website where you can download the audio for this idioms podcast for free, and where you can read a transcript, plus listen to many other idioms podcasts and use other English material too.
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