I told my parents that I was ostensibly going to the library to study, but my real reason was to meet my girlfriend Fran there. I then told Fran an ostensible or alleged truth that I wanted to take her out to eat at Charlie’s, but the real reason was that I wanted to see my buddy Joe on the way. I gave Joe the supposed or ostensible reason that I wanted to see how he was doing, but the actual reason was that I wanted to borrow his cool new car to make Ronnie jealous, whose house we would pass on our way out to eat.
Quiz: When is something ostensibly true?
- When it should be happening, but is not.
- When it appears to be so, but is actually not so.
- When it is almost true, but not quite.