притворяться; делать вид; симулировать; прикидываться; разыгрывать из себя; использовать в качестве предлога; ссылаться; претендовать; решиться; позволить себе
- I pretend Marie's in front of me and I'm brushing her hair like I used to.
- "I thought it might only be a pretend cottage," Benny said apologetically.
- If not, she will pretend to look straight through him and pick at a plant leaf hoping he will go away.
- "We don't just pretend we are four happy people," he says.
- Even I can see that Mr Kinnock knows nothing about economics; as little as did Sir Alec Douglas-Home, who at least never had the temerity to pretend that he did.
- Other commands are "Climb the rigging" - pretend to climb rope; "Man overboard" - pretend to pull the rope up; "Scrub the decks" - pretend to scrub the floor and "Captain's dog" - pretend to pat a dog.
- But my hand had stopped bleeding some time ago and I could not reasonably pretend that I was wounded.
- OK it had the batteries stuck in with sticky tape, but it kept me going through fifteen Agatha Christies and hundreds of hours of revision - well, pretend revision.
- I had a similar experience in the vestibule of the BBC with an interviewee from the Festival of Light who was declaiming the sins of magazines with open-crotch poses so loudly that I had to pretend I wasn't with him.
- I don't rise sooner, because 'tis the worst thing in the world for the complexion; nat that I pretend to be a beau; but a man must endeavour to look wholesome, lest he make so nauseous a figure in the side-bax, the ladies should be compelled to turn their eyes upon the play.
- Federalism is even more important but at present Paul does not pretend to have got close to the issues.
- "He just likes to pretend we're very exclusive."