to look at

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Shimmer Dancer, Jan 14, 2018.

  1. Shimmer Dancer

    Shimmer Dancer Senior Member

    Chinese
    Hi, everyone, my friend wrote the following sentence, but I am not sure if it's okay to use "to look at" in the beginning of the sentence this way. Could you help me with it?

    To look at, it seems like a delicious cake; on closer examination, it has already gone bad.
     
  2. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    It's fine – good, really ... and nice parallel structure with the corresponding intro on the other side of the semicolon: "on close examination."
     
  3. Shimmer Dancer

    Shimmer Dancer Senior Member

    Chinese
    I see, thank you copyright:)
     
  4. You little ripper! Senior Member

    Australia
    Australian English
    'At first glance' might be another option.

    At first glance the cake appeared to be delicious ...............
     
  5. Copyright

    Copyright Senior Member

    Penang
    American English
    You could say "At first glance," but for me it doesn't have the same connotation as "To look at," which seems to be more of an examination, certainly a longer time spent evaluating its edibility. :)
     

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