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You can use as if or as though at the beginning of a clause when you are describing how someone or something looks, or how someone behaves.
Many people think it is incorrect to use 'was' in clauses of this type. They say you should use were instead.
However, in conversation people usually use was.
You can use was or were in conversation, but in formal writing you should use were.
Some people say like instead of 'as if' or 'as though'.
This use is generally regarded as incorrect.