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Janine talks as if she knows everything.
Janine talks as if she knew everything.

Use the past tense after the phrase as if or as though. He talks as if he knew everything, means He talks as he would talk if he knew everything.

Use the subjective were with the verb to be after as if: He acts as if he were a rich man.

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The train had already left before I arrived.
The train already left before I arrived.

Use the past perfect when the time of one past action is more past than that of another. Put the action which was completed first in the past perfect and the second action in the past tense.

Don't use the present tense and the past perfect in the same sentence. It would be incorrect to say: My brother says that he had not gone to the cinema last night.

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I'll see you when I come back
I'll see you when I shall come back.

If the verb in the main clause is in the future, the verb in the time clause must be in the present tense

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He tried to kick the ball away.
He tried to kicked the ball away.

Don't use the simple past tense after to.

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Look! Two boys are fighting.
Look! Two boys fight.

We also use the present continuous for the future when something is pre-arranged or expected with some certainty: Lorna is arriving tomorrow at six. Tom and I are eating out tonight

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