She is an engineer but she talks as though she .....

She is an engineer but she talks as though she ……… a physician .
a)were [color=green](Answer Key)
b)has been
c)is
d)would be

School exam

Hello,
Can option C (is) work here too or not? I have asked this question in two other forums too. Some have said that C is also correct and some others have said that only A is correct. What’s your opinion?

forum.wordreference.com/threads/ … 6.2968017/

englishforums.com/English/S … q/post.htm

Thank you.

I think ‘is’ is a plausible substitute, though not the best answer of the given alternatives. The question tests your knowledge of the subjunctive form with ‘if’ for hypothetical scenarios. However, in a standalone form like this, it is also possible to read it as if the person were reporting a fact.
In multiple choice scenarios you have to choose the ONE BEST option… and that option is ‘were’.
However, that said,I think the test would have been a little fairer if something other than ‘is’ had been used.