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I was driving this morning and saw a small group of businesses that were having some additional construction. There was a superstructure being added to the roof a local Vietnamese sandwich shop and adjacent businesses.
This superstructure is also known as a “front” or a “facade“. It really served no purpose other than decoration and to match new construction for the business next door.
When we say “put on a front” or “put on a facade” we mean that someone displays one emotion, but is actually covering up their true feelings.
Examples: ”The general received news about the accidental death of his wife just before his troops went into battle, but for the sake of their morale, he put on a facade that nothing was bothering him. ‘I will grieve later’ was his thinking.”
“Connor pretended to be friends with Daniel, but he was putting on a front. In reality, Connor was embezzling Daniel out of millions of dollars and Daniel didn’t know until it was too late.”
Have you observed people who put on a facade? How and why were they doing this? Try describing their putting on a facade in the comment section, of course using “putting on a front” or “putting on a facade” in the sentence.
I’ll let you know how you did. I’ll give you honest, yet constructive criticism. I won’t put on a facade, that won’t help you improve!
How do you say “put on a facade” or “put on a front” in Chinese?