"To all outward appearance" and "under the surface" synonyms

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SLAL

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FARSI
Hello.

Could you come up with synonymous words or phrases instead of the following bold parts?

"To all outward appearance everything was fine, but under the surface the marriage was very shaky".

I have thought of the following options:
"superficially" and "on the surface" for the first part and "inwardly" for the second part.

Thank you.
 
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  • ewie

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    English English
    Hullo there, SLAL.
    "on the surface" for the first part
    :):thumbsup:

    The problem you have here is that on the surface is quite a 'physical' or 'vigorous' expression, so whatever you have in the second half needs to match it to an extent ~ otherwise you'll end up with a mixed metaphor.

    On the surface everything was fine, but at its roots the marriage was shaky.:) [<-- matching: 'above' > 'below'.]
    On the surface everything was fine, but behind the scenes the marriage was shaky.:( [<--- mixed metaphor: 'above' >< 'behind'.]

    This is if you want to produce an elegant effect in writing. In speech mixed metaphors like this happen all the time:D
     
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