Is it possible to “try to pretend”?
I’m inclined to say pretending is, by its nature, trying. This would mean “trying to pretend” is redundant.
Isn’t it amazing the insights one gains out of reading a new book?
That’s why I love listening to Scott Simon on the radio:
matter of fact statements like, “Well, yuck” before he moves right on to the next topic.
With Ukrainian events much in the news lately, it occurs to me to wonder why I always think of Ukraine as The Ukraine. I’m not alone, apparently. Officially the name of the country is Ukraine – no “The.” See this informative BBC article for more info.
So now we know!