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: What is an example of an ostensible purpose for something?
- Writing a note so that your mom knows exactly where you will be after school.
- Stating that you are going to the store to get milk when you really want to buy a candy bar.
- Not telling anyone why you are leaving your job because you want it kept a secret.