LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||20/OUT/2011 10:00 PM|
|Assunto:||se fazer/To Feign x To Pretend|
Yes and no. And I am going to explain it to you right now.
Feign have the following meanings (amidst others): fingir, aparentar, falsificar, simular, etc.
So, in the sense of "se fazer/fingir" you can use both most of times.
However, there´s the matter of colocation; in certain fixed expressions it is more "natural" or even mandatory the use of two or more words next to each other.
To make the point: the expression "to feign an excuse" (inventar uma desculpa) would not be replaced by "to pretend an excuse". Thus, you would likely be corrected on spot, or the listener/reader would pretend not to take notice or that
he doesn´t care about it, not to let you ashamed. But he would know better.
This kind of knowledge comes with a bit of practice, tough.
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