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    pretends ?

    I overhead this sentence. Is it right?

    She pretends she was 29. She is 45.

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    #2

    Re: pretends ?

    'She pretends to be 29. She is 45' is correct.

    Rover

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    #3

    Re: pretends ?

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    Good luck with that, says this 45-year-old.
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    I think you could also say "She pretends she IS 29" but not "was." I prefer Rover's version, howeve.r
    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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    Re: pretends ?

    Quote Originally Posted by thomas615 View Post
    I overhead this sentence. Is it right?

    She pretends she was 29. She is 45.
    I think you mean "overheard", not "overhead".

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    #5

    Re: pretends ?

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


    Hello, Thomas:

    (1) I most respectfully suggest that "pretend" is not the appropriate verb.

    (a) I am 75 years old. There is no way in which I could "pretend" to be 60.

    (i) I could claim to be 60, and if I dyed my white hair, maybe some people would believe me!

    (2) I should reserve "pretend" for sentences such as "He pretends to be a calm person, but he is actually full of anger."

    (3) You could also say "She acts as if she were 29." (For example, in her choice of clothing, hairstyle, language, etc.)


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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