Interested in Language
Please, which of the following is correct?
Are there other ways to say that?
He pretends madness/ mad/ to be mad?
He feigns madness/mad/ to be mad?
It is a feigned madness.
Last edited by sash2008; 12-Jun-2009 at 21:47.
Yeah...You'd better not go that way...Btw, the terms I've already added aren't exactly what you were looking for, but sort of related, so please check them just in case...
Last edited by sash2008; 12-Jun-2009 at 22:37.
Check that again plz,..."Pretend" is followed by an infinitive...
"....She feels happy..."
Last edited by Mehrgan; 12-Jun-2009 at 22:21.
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In this link, I find that pretent is one of the verbs that is followed by only infinitive, not a gerund.
In Webster, I found this:
1 : to give a false appearance of being, possessing, or performing *does not pretend to be a psychiatrist*
2 a : to make believe : FEIGN *he pretended deafness* b : to claim, represent, or assert falsely *pretending an emotion he could not really feel*
3 archaic : VENTURE, UNDERTAKE
1 : to feign an action, part, or role especially in play
2 : to put in a claim *cannot pretend to any particular expertise.