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    Belie

    Please would you correct the mistakes in my sentences. I wanted to know if I have used the word "belie" correctly.

    1. The old, beautiful house's facade belied the poverty and hardship of its occupants.
    2. The expensive, elegant clothes belied his character of a conman.
    3. Her well-toned body and her voice belied her true age. She was almost fifty, but people believed she was still in her thirties.

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    Re: Belie

    1 and 3 are fine. The use of "belie" is OK in #2 but I don't like the use of "his character of a conman". Why don't you try to reword it?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Belie

    Thank you for helping me. I do not like the use of "his character of a conmen either, but I could not think of something better. Could i write instead "his conman's character"?

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    #4

    Re: Belie

    Is he actually a conman?
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    #5

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    Yes.

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    #6

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    His elegant, expensive clothes belied the fact that he was a conman.
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    emsr2d2
    I do not like "belied the fact". Please could you tell me if there is any other phrase I could use without the word "fact".

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    Re: Belie

    Why don't you like it?

    You could say "... belied the reality that he was a conman".
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    Re: Belie

    Thank you.
    I cannot say exactly why I do not like the word "fact". I just hear it so often like for example "the fact is that he is..." or "the fact is that the country is in an economical crisis." I think the word fact is often redundant, but maybe I am wrong.

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    #10

    Re: Belie

    It's no more redundant than "belie" is.

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