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    #1

    imitating/impersonating her teacher

    Molly learned to dance by imitating her teacher.


    Hi,
    Is "imitating" in the above equivalent to "impersonating?" Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: imitating/impersonating her teacher

    I would not use either word.
    Perhaps: Molly learned to dance by following her teacher('s movements/steps).
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: imitating/impersonating her teacher

    Imitating is copying actions, words, or both. Impersonating is trying to imitate so convincingly that you can pass for another person.
    I am not a teacher.

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