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In my another post ("Have you done a poo?" vs. "Did you poo?") I said

Pretend that I have a 10 year old son.

Is it idiomatic? Does that sound natural? Is it an appropriate beginning for discussion?

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    Note when an age is used as an adjective it gets hyphenated: "10-year-old son".
    – Era
    Mar 6 '20 at 14:10
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"Pretend" means to behave in a way that makes something contrary to reality seem real. Children "pretend" when they are role-playing, and they act out imaginary situations.

If you are presenting a hypothetical scenario for someone to consider, it would be more idiomatic to say:

Imagine that I have a 10-year-old son

OR

Let's say that I have a 10-year-old son.

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    "Suppose" is another word that works here. I don't think "pretend" is totally incorrect, but these are more appropriate for sure. Native speakers also sometimes omit the "that".
    – Era
    Mar 6 '20 at 14:13

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