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    Shedding pretenses

    Hi, could you please explain me the meanning of this word-combination in the phrase:
    "Shedding pretenses is normally the first lesson in public relations training".
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    Re: Shedding pretenses

    Do you know how a snake sheds its skin?

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    Re: Shedding pretenses

    Yes. But I still do not understand my phrase...

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    Re: Shedding pretenses

    And do you understand what "pretences" are, particularly when applied to human personality or characteristics?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Shedding pretenses

    Not sure, there are so many of definitions:
    1. The act of pretending; a false appearance or action intended to deceive.
    2. A false or studied show; an affectation: a pretense of nonchalance.
    3. A professed but feigned reason or excuse; a pretext: under false pretenses.
    4. Something imagined or pretended.
    5. Mere show without reality; outward appearance.
    6. A right asserted with or without foundation; a claim. See Synonyms at claim.
    7. The quality or state of being pretentious; ostentation.

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    Re: Shedding pretenses

    Definition #5 is the one you need. Does that help you to understand the original sentence?
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