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    Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    Hi, everyone. Which one is correct?

    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.

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    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    1. "He was only/just fake crying." You don't both 'only' and 'just' here since they serve the same purpose.
    2. "I have never fake cried. I have never faked crying." In the last sentence 'faked' is the past participle.

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    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    I'm not too comfortable with the verb to fake cry. I'd prefer to say:

    1) He was only faking crying.
    2) I've never faked crying.

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    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    'to fake cry' is new to me. It's not colloquial in my dialect.

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    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    We do talk of fake tears, so you could say his tears were fake.

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    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    I'd say 'He was weeping crocodile tears'.

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    Re: Faked cry vs Fake-cried

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    1. "He was only/just fake crying." You don't both 'only' and 'just' here since they serve the same purpose.
    2. "I have never fake cried. I have never faked crying." In the last sentence 'faked' is the past participle.
    Why can't we say "faking" in the first sentence when it's okay to say "faked" in the second?

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    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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    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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    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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