Would it be correct "he makes an impression of an honest politician" meaning he seems to be an honest politician?

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  • I would say "he gives the impression of an honest politician" or "he makes an impression on an honest politician", though they don't mean the same thing.
    – user3169
    Aug 21, 2015 at 4:16

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If you use impression to mean an idea or appearance that may be false, you usually say:

He gave the impression of an honest politician.

You usually make an impression on somebody that means you do something in such a way that it causes them to notice and admire you such as "His performance made an impression on everybody.


Not really.

"He gives off the impression that he is an honest politician." is probably the most clear translation.

But I would just say something like "He seems like an honest politician."

But all of these are oxymorons. [Joke]

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    Thank you! Yes, "honest politician" is an oxymoron :) Aug 21, 2015 at 20:17

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