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    appearances are deceptive

    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    It’s true the boy looked so innocent and seemed even a trifle shy, but appearances were deceptive. (W. S. Maugham, “Then and Now”)

    appearances are deceptive = don’t judge by appearances

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    Re: appearances are deceptive

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    It’s true the boy looked so innocent and seemed even a trifle shy, but appearances were deceptive. (W. S. Maugham, “Then and Now”)

    appearances are deceptive = don’t judge by appearances


    V.
    Yes, so in your example sentence, the expression implies he was not (innocent and/or shy)

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    Re: appearances are deceptive

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expression in bold in the following sentence?

    It’s true the boy looked so innocent and seemed even a trifle shy, but appearances were deceptive. (W. S. Maugham, “Then and Now”)

    appearances are deceptive = don’t judge by appearances

    Thanks for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Vil,

    I know what a serious, conscientious, and courteous learner you are.

    So I thought that you would like to know this saying -- if

    you do not already know it:

    You can't judge a book by its cover.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

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