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It is Artificial, Fake, False, or Counterfeit?



What do the words artificial, fake, false and counterfeit have in common? They all mean that something isn’t real. So, what makes them different? Collocations (specific words we pair them with). Here’s a quick guide to some of their most common collocations.


Did you know you can also say faux and forged to mean “not real”? And of course, when and how to use them is also all about collocations. Have a look!


Faux is usually used with materials such as fur, leather, and wood.


If something was forged, a copy of it was made and that copy is being presented as real. Forged could be used with: document, signature, check, artwork, painting, treasure map.


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