I have a question regarding which it should be:
He acted as if he were owner of the place
He acted as if he was owner of the place.
Which is correct?
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The correct phrase is:
He acted as if he were the owner of the place.
This is a great example of the subjunctive in English, which is used to express ideas that are contrary to fact.
It is also a great example of formal "correct" English diverging from common parlance. Many people say "as if he was the owner of the place" in casual speech.