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"Believe" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "creer", and "believe in" is a transitive verb phrase which is often translated as "creer en". Learn more about the difference between "believe" and "believe in" below.
believe(
buh
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liv
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to trust)
a. creer
Do you believe what she told us the other day?¿Creen lo que nos contó el otro día?
I don't believe you when you say you're not lying.No te creo cuando dices que no estás mintiendo.
2. (to think)
a. creer
I believe he'll be back from vacation next week.Creo que regresará de las vacaciones la semana que viene.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to have faith in)
a. creer
I believe in our government's ability to handle this crisis.Creo en la habilidad de nuestro gobierno de tratar esta crisis.
My son hasn't believed in Santa Claus since he was seven.Mi hijo no ha creído en Santa Claus desde que tenía siete años.
4. (to endorse)
a. creer
I believe in doing things well, or not at all.Creo en hacer las cosas bien o no hacerlas.
b. ser partidario de
I believe in exercising and eating healthily.Soy partidario de hacer ejercicio y comer comida saludable.
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believe in(
buh
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liv
 
ihn
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to accept the existence of)
a. creer en
Alison stopped believing in Santa Claus when she saw her uncle putting on a fake white beard.Alison dejó de creer en Santa Claus cuando vio a su tío ponerse una barba postiza blanca.
2. (to have confidence in)
a. creer en
It is hypocritical when someone who doesn't believe in government runs for office.Es hipócrita cuando alguien que no cree en el gobierno se postula para un cargo.
3. (to approve of)
a. creer
A growing number of young people no longer believe in capitalism.Un número creciente de jóvenes ya no cree en el capitalismo.
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