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    Default He is faking/feigning sleep/asleep.

    Hello dear techers!

    Would you please tell me if the following sentence is correct?

    He is faking/feigning sleep/asleep.

    What does have to be used after the verbs such as feign or fake? Nouns

    or infinites?

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    Default Re: He is faking/feigning sleep/asleep.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Mckane View Post
    Hello dear techers!

    Would you please tell me if the following sentence is correct?

    He is faking/feigning sleep/asleep.

    What does have to be used after the verbs such as feign or fake? Nouns

    or infinites?

    Thanks
    Faking/feigning sleep. Try to think of a few other examples of faking/feigning something.

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    Default Re: He is faking/feigning sleep/asleep.

    ...And 'feign' is a rather archaic word. The expression that springs to mind is 'he's pretending to be asleep'. Shame really ;-( 'Feign''s such a homely word, and the Latinate 'pretend' is a bit ordinary for my taste! (Irrelevantly, I think 'feign' may have fallen out of use partly because of what philologers call 'homonymic clash' [or in plain English, 'pun'] with the word 'fain' [which is equally, if not more, archaic].)

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