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    #1

    reveal - The right word for this?

    Hello,
    I'm currently looking for this word:

    (As always an example:)
    Let's say I want to do as if I would be an American.
    (In a group with Americans.)
    However, my accent would reveal me (bust my secret).
    Is reveal the right word for this?

    There are also some of those words available:
    blow, disclose, blab, squeal
    And more:
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    Cheers!

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    #2

    Re: reveal - The right word for this?

    It would give you away.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: reveal - The right word for this?

    "However, my accent would give me away."
    Okay thanks.

    I'm wondering in which sentence reveal could be used.

    Barb_D, would you please reveal me this secret?

    Cheers!

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    #4

    Re: reveal - The right word for this?

    Have you ever read any of the older-style of detective novels? At the end, the detective gathers all the suspects together and then reveals who committed the murder and how the murderer managed to hide the truth from the others.

    Mary and Elmer looked like the made a lot of money. They drove fancy cars and lived in a big house. But when the bank repossessed the cars and the house, the truth was revealed. They were living on borrowed money.

    Uncle Joe said only that he had made a big purchase and we should come to the party to see it. A curtain hung on the wall. After dinner, he pulled off the curtain to reveal the Manet he bought from a private collector.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    #5

    Re: reveal - The right word for this?

    "give me away' is the informal expression.

    The more formal expression would be 'betray'.

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