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to spot a phony If you know what a real warning message looks like, it should be easier to spot a phony. what does "spot a phony" mean in the context?
Oct 19, 2012 11:45 AM
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Spot = *see 雲小泉's answer Phony = An impostor; Something not genuine; A fake. So, "to spot a phony" means = to recognize a fake
October 19, 2012
spot = see; recognize When you notice something small among a lot of other things, then you use the word "spot".
October 19, 2012
In this context, there are two types of warning messages: real warning messages and fake warning messages. "Phony" is normally an adjective that means "fake, forgery, not real, not genuine". But it can also be used as a noun when the reader already knows what kind of thing you are talking about. In this sentence, if you know what a real warning message looks like, then it will be easier to spot a phony warning message. But we remove "warning message" because it is already in the sentence once. We use the same technique in similar phrases like "recognize a fake" or "identify a forgery". We use the same language to talk about fake money, forged I.D. cards, fake driving licenses, imitation clothing brands, etc.
October 20, 2012
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