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    Cool Play pranks/tricks/jokes on the teacher?

    Hello amigos!

    Tom likes to play pranks/tricks/jokes on his teacher.
    Tom likes to mock at/make fun of his teacher.

    These two sentences would be similar in meaning? Is there any difference between them? Do All the verbs employed in the samples mean the same?

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    Sam


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    Re: Play pranks/tricks/jokes on the teacher?

    Quote Originally Posted by sambistapt View Post
    Hello amigos!

    Tom likes to play pranks/tricks/jokes on his teacher.
    Tom likes to mock at/make fun of his teacher.

    These two sentences would be similar in meaning? Is there any difference between them? Do All the verbs employed in the samples mean the same?

    Thanks,

    Sam
    They are not the same, Sam.

    Tom likes to play pranks/tricks/jokes on his teacher.

    This means things like; steal his chalk, hide his pen, put a whoopee cushion on his chair, put a snake in his desk drawer, ...

    Tom likes to mock [at]/make fun of his teacher.

    'mock' doesn't take a preposition; "mock somebody".

    This means more saying things like; the teacher is an idiot, He looks like a monkey, or doing things like imitating his behaviors, often in exaggerated form or making faces at him, either directly to his face or secretly.

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