| - Tim Lake |
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.
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.
- 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.
A related meaning of ‘pretend’ is to play using your imagination.
- 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.
Another related meaning of ‘pretend’ is to show an emotion or feeling you don’t really feel.
- 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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