Turn a blind eye= overlook?

sambistapt

Senior Member
Brazilian Portuguese
Hello amigos!:)

Can such verbs be employed interchangeably in a sentence, such as:

My teacher always turns a blind eyes on/ overlooks his favourite pupil´s mistakes.

Thanks,

Sam:cool:
 
  • Packard

    Senior Member
    USA, English
    Hello amigos!:)

    Can such verbs be employed interchangeably in a sentence, such as:

    My teacher always turns a blind eyes on/ overlooks his favourite pupil´s mistakes.

    Thanks,

    Sam:cool:
    I would say that they are pretty much interchangeable. Although in my mind "turning a blind eye" would include larger transgressions than "overlook". But that is just my reading on it, I don't know that it is universal.
     

    MarcB

    Senior Member
    US English
    To turn a blind eye is intentional and usually implies a nefarious reason. To overlook can be unintentional.
     
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