I have a question about the meaning of a sentence. Please consider the following sentence:

I look fine from the outside, but I am rotting on the inside.

Does this sentence mean that I look okay from others' perspectives but I'm actually not okay at all?

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    Yes, that is exactly what it means. Sep 23, 2020 at 8:17
  • Consider an analogy, "The finest looking apple can be rotten to the core". Things might look good from the outside but the situation is different inside. Mar 1, 2022 at 4:58
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    @gotube, That comment contains an answer to the question, and should not have been converted.
    – James K
    Dec 4, 2022 at 11:29

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Your sentence is reminiscent of a lyric by Chris Cornell which goes: "I'm looking California and feeling Minnesota"

Yes, the meaning is quite clear.

A more typical way of saying this might be "but I feel like..." as in "I feel like I am rotting on the inside" or "I feel like **** on the inside". By excluding the word "feel", it becomes a metaphorical/figurative usage that makes the sense stronger.

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