WOTW: pretend

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - pretend

 

今週の #WOTW は ”pretend” です. ‘Pretend’ is a verb with a difficult meaning, but it is a very useful word to understand. Read on.

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The main meaning of the verb ‘pretend’ is acting like something is true when it is not. It is not the same as lying - actors pretend to be other people - but can be thought of as a physical lie. The examples will make it clearer.

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- She closed her eyes and pretended she was already asleep.

- I pretended I had a headache and left the party early.

- The good thing about a smartphone is you can see a message and pretend you haven’t read it yet.

- It’s a familiar story; a man loses his job but doesn’t tell his wife and pretends to go to work every day as usual.

- He never pretends to know what he doesn’t.

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A related meaning of ‘pretend’ is to play using your imagination.

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- Let’s pretend we are spies like James Bond.

- The children pretended to be grown-ups and got dressed-up.

- She enjoyed slipping into a make-believe world and pretending she was a heroine.

- He held up an imaginary microphone and pretended he was a game show host.

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Another related meaning of ‘pretend’ is to show an emotion or feeling you don’t really feel.

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- She pretended to be surprised, but she already knew about the surprise leaving party.

- He looked out the window and pretended to be interested in what was going on outside.

- By 4 a.m. no one pretends interest any more. They just want to go to bed.

- He pretended to be outraged, but it was half-hearted, really he was just exhausted.

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発音は/prɪˈtɛnd/ です。

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