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    amigos is offline Junior Member
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    using the word purport

    Hi,

    Would it be correct to use the word "purport" as: He purports innocence?

    I usually use purport with infinitive such as "he purports to be innocent," but I have also seen the constructions as mentioned above.

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    Re: using the word purport

    As an NES but not a teacher:

    Two of the dictionary definitions of "purport" are "profess" and "claim".

    Both of them would work for me - "professes/claims innocence".

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    See:
    purport - definition of purport by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Re: using the word purport

    Be aware that "purport" carries a connotation that the person doing the "purporting" is not being truthful.

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