Show off/display


Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

I'd like to know about the phrase "show off" and I think it means "display", but I don't know which is better in this context:

He always wants to display his English.
He always wants to show off his English.

I have a friend, his English is very good and he hopes everyone knows it. But I don't know which expression is better here. I prefer "show off" because "display" to me, sounds like to "display" things rather than something abstract.

Can anyone help?

Thanks a lot
  • GreenWhiteBlue

    Senior Member
    USA - English
    Show off is more natural here -- although you shoud understand that there is a slight tone of disparagement in the word; it clearly suggests that the show-off is being immodest and indulging vanity.
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