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powerlt

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Chinese
' He left the company. The superficial reason was that he wanted to pursue a better career, but actually he was fired by the company because of his conflicts with his manager. '

In the sentence, I want to say that the reason people said publicly was not the real reason.

Is the word ' superficial' can express the meaning? Or I should use other words?

 
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    I understand that you are trying to convey that the "outward-appearing" reason was that he wanted to pursue a better career but "superficial" doesn't work in this context. I would use "ostensible" instead.
     

    powerlt

    New Member
    Chinese
    I've looked up the dictionary. The word 'ostensible' is exactly what I want.

    Thanks a lot.

    I understand that you are trying to convey that the "outward-appearing" reason was that he wanted to pursue a better career but "superficial" doesn't work in this context. I would use "ostensible" instead.
     
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