Today I asked a friend of mine to attend the online class as I had to leave home. She changed her name on Zoom, closed his camera and muted the microphone so she pretended like she was me.

There must be a sentence or words, I believe, to express this situation. Such as; "Today, I asked a friend of mine to attend the class ... me."

Could you please tell me which words express this situation best? Language to language translators namely Google Translate didn't help.

  • 'Attend the class as me' would work. May 23 at 20:03
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    Academic dishonesty is a bad idea. May 23 at 20:04
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    @MichaelHarvey: As is an unreasonable amount of flexibility. Let's not judge OP without any context on the reason for their absence and whether the institution is appropriately flexible or disproportionately punitive in its handling of these kinds of absences.
    – Flater
    May 24 at 8:47
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    @MichaelHarvey also bear in mind that while it is given without context this could just be an example, I've seen it happen especially on Worldbuilding May 24 at 11:14
  • I don't know why my reply was deleted. Jun 18 at 10:41

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Your sentence can be completed with a single word, as:

Today, I asked a friend of mine to attend the class as me

Alternatively you can reword the sentence a little and use a more descriptive verb like impersonate:

Today, I asked a friend of mine to impersonate me in class

Impersonation is what it's called in academic honesty policies.


Pretending to be someone else is called impersonation:

  • I asked my friend to impersonate me on a zoom call so I wouldn't be marked absent.

If you wanted to use this exact wording, I would use the term "posing", i.e

Today, I asked a friend of mine to attend the class posing as me

This makes it clear that they are pretending to be you, and keeps the structure the same as your initial sentence. It's also slightly less formal than impersonation, which can imply a more serious level of fraudulence than may otherwise be intended.


another word, an informal one, that is generally used, is 'proxy' - so, you can also use 'proxied', or 'proxying' based on what type sentence it is.

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    In normal usage, a proxy is a stand-in, sent in your place and empowered to act on your behalf, but not to take on your identity — they don't pretend to be their principal, only to act for them. Is there an informal usage which differs from that?
    – gidds
    May 24 at 19:39

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