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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

to fake it

Example 1:
My boyfriend loves action movies, but I prefer romantic comedies. He gets so excited when we go to the theater to see the newest action movie. I don't want to make him feel bad, so I fake it and act excited, too.
Example 2:
Bonnie: Shhh! Look, little Joey is sleeping. Let's be very quiet. I don't want to wake him up. 
Amanda: OK, I'll be quiet.
Joey: HAHA! I tricked you! I'm not sleeping!
Bonnie: Joey! You were faking it! You tricked us!
Meaning:
Remember the word fake (adj) means "not real."
The idiom to fake it means to pretend, and is used as a verb. 
In example 1, the speaker's excitement for action movies is fake, she doesn't really enjoy them. When she goes to see an action movie with her boyfriend, she fakes it/pretends
In example 2, Joey is pretending to sleep, meaning that his sleeping is fake. He is faking it and not actually sleeping. He just wanted to play a joke on Bonnie and Amanda. 
This idiom comes from the LSI book titled Reading Transitions.  This book is used to teach Level 4 Reading/Vocabulary classes at LSI schools.  For more information please visitwww.languagesystems.com 

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