Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts


1) pretend to be someone else for purposes of entertainment or fraud
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    • the ability to impersonate someone
  • Analysis

    'To impersonate' someone means to pretend to be them. You could impersonate a famous celebrity or politician in order to entertain your friends or you might try to impersonate someone in order to trick someone or to commit a crime, such as fraud. A less formal phrase that means the same thing is 'to take off someone'. You can hear this used in social and professional contexts. 

  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. She was a talented performer with the ability to impersonate many well-known celebrities.
    2. The fraudster was arrested for impersonating a police officer in an attempt to evade capture.
    3. His impersonation of the teacher had the rest of the class in fits of laughter.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. Supermarkets do a good job of creating own-brand products that serve to impersonate their branded competition.
    2. Customers have reported a phishing website which is impersonating ours in order to steal information.
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