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    pretend

    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.

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    Re: pretend

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Please, which of the following is correct?
    Are there other ways to say that?


    He pretends madness/ mad/ to be mad?

    He feighns madness/mad/ to be mad?

    It is a feighned madness.


    Hi,
    He pretends to be mad.
    He feigns madness.
    It is a feigned madness.

    These are some related items:"To malinger"...."To swing the lead"
    Hope this works...Cheers!

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    Re: pretend

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi,
    He pretends to be mad.
    He feigns madness.
    It is a feigned madness.

    These are some related items:"To malinger"...."To swing the lead"
    Hope this works...Cheers!
    Thank you
    so, it is wrong to say:
    He pretends madness.
    He pretends mad.
    He pretends being mad.

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    Re: pretend

    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...

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    #5

    Re: pretend

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    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...
    Ok
    I want to use my terms because I am talking about Hamlet's madness, so I want to be sure that the usage and the structure is correct.

    I think that "He pretends being mad" is a correct sentence.

    And please, I want to know she feels happy or happiness?
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    Re: pretend

    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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    Re: pretend

    Dear mate,
    I know you might be busy now sorting out your college work, but it's a good idea to check this site when free:

    www.iei.uiuc.edu/structure/structure1/gerinfvbs.html

    Wish you luck!

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    Re: pretend

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Dear mate,
    I know you might be busy now sorting out your college work, but it's a good idea to check this site when free:

    www.iei.uiuc.edu/structure/structure1/gerinfvbs.html

    Wish you luck!

    Thank you very much my teacher.

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    You're welcome,...I just answered that as a friend...Cheerio!

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    #10

    Re: pretend

    Teacher Mehrgan
    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:
    transitive verb
    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
    intransitive verb
    1 : to feign an action, part, or role especially in play
    2 : to put in a claim *cannot pretend to any particular expertise.

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