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come across shady #1 (permalink) Tue Feb 08, 2011 12:11 pm   come across shady
 

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ESL/EFL Test #600 "Real Life: Scams and Fraud (2)", question 2

I'm not sure if I trust that salesman. He comes across as a little ......... to me and there is something that I don't trust about him.

(a) sunny
(b) credible
(c) shady
(d) firm

English Language Proficiency Tests, Advanced Level

ESL/EFL Test #600 "Real Life: Scams and Fraud (2)", answer 2

I'm not sure if I trust that salesman. He comes across as a little shady to me and there is something that I don't trust about him.

Correct answer: (c) shady

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I'm not sure if I trust that salesman. He comes across as a little firm to me and there is something that I don't trust about him.
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Why firm is wrong ?
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come across shady #2 (permalink) Tue Feb 08, 2011 16:06 pm   come across shady
 

Because shady is the only adjective that means "untrustworthy" and therefore tallies with the idea of the sentence - that there's something that I don't trust about him.
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come across shady #3 (permalink) Sat Jan 25, 2014 16:06 pm   come across shady
 

Dear Sirs and Madams,

Please clarify why adjective "shady" is used in this question as a noun.

Thank you in advance!
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come across shady #4 (permalink) Sat Jan 25, 2014 18:43 pm   come across shady
 

It isn't used as a noun. The noun would come after it, but here is it omitted and assumed:
He comes across as a shady person.
shortened to
He comes across as shady.
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