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    #11

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    I would say that the first set is correct. We are taking "[to] fake-cry" as a verb so the various verb endings should be attached to the end of the word, as they are with other verbs.

    She fake-cries.
    I fake-cry.
    They were fake-crying.
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    #12

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    How about pretend crying?

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    #13

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    Quote Originally Posted by Little Girl View Post
    1. (a) He was only just faking cry.
    (b) He was only just fake-crying.

    2. (a) I have never faked cry.
    (b) I have never fake-cried.
    I think I'd prefer to use the infinitive construction:

    (1c) He was just faking to cry.
    (2c) I have never faked to cry.

    Actually, I like it better with the past progressive. Instead of (2c), I'd go with:

    (2c) I have never faked that I was crying.

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    #14

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    I think I'd prefer to use the infinitive construction:

    (1c) He was just faking to cry.
    (2c) I have never faked to cry.
    Those don't work at all for me.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #15

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    Quote Originally Posted by Phaedrus View Post
    (1c) He was just faking to cry.
    (2c) I have never faked to cry.
    They don't work at all for me either.
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    #16

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Those don't work at all for me.
    Do they work for you with "pretend"?

    (1c') He was just pretending to cry.
    (2c') I have never pretended to cry.

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    #17

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

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    Do they work for you with "pretend"?

    (1c') He was just pretending to cry.
    (2c') I have never pretended to cry.
    Yes.
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    #18

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

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    Yes.
    "Feign" also works:

    (1c'') He was just feigning to cry.
    (2c'') I have never feigned to cry.

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    #19

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    I find those unnatural too. I expect a noun after "feign".

    She feigned sadness.
    They were feigning interest.
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    #20

    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I find those unnatural too. I expect a noun after "feign".
    Unfortunately, unlike with "fake," where I was taking a grammatical risk, the infinitive-complement pattern is officially recognized with "pretend" and "feign."

    From the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA):

    "He feigned to consider the question deeply."
    ". . . stealing back the horses they had feigned to sell to us the day before."
    "The driver remained oblivious and the porters feigned to be no less so, though they smiled behind their hands."
    "I feigned to look puzzled."
    "For we have silenced the world by feigning to name and comprehend it."
    "With less sarcasm than in her Hunka description, Valandry described her role of ritually feigning to cut the tree . . . ."

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