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"Believe" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "creer", and "think" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "pensar". Learn more about the difference between "believe" and "think" below.
believe(
buh
-
liv
)
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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think(
thihngk
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to ponder)
a. pensar
I spoke without thinking.Hablé sin pensar.
b. reflexionar
Give us some time to think about it.Danos tiempo para reflexionar sobre ello.
2. (to imagine)
a. imaginarse
I don't want to think of what may have happened.No quiero ni imaginarme lo que podría haber pasado.
3. (to plan; used with "of" or "about")
a. pensar en
Are you thinking of quitting your job?¿Estás pensando en dejar tu trabajo?
4. (to come up with; used with "of")
a. ocurrirse
Can you think of a better solution?¿Se te ocurre alguna solución mejor?
5. (to remember; used with "of" or "about")
a. acordarse de
We've been thinking of you a lot.Nos hemos acordado mucho de ti.
b. recordar
I can't think of how many cases he solved in the past.No recuerdo la cantidad de casos que ha resuelto en el pasado.
6. (to gather)
a. creer
That's the only thing that's going to change, I think.Eso es lo único que va a cambiar, creo yo.
7. (to have an opinion; often used with "of" and "about")
a. pensar
Tell me what you think about the issue.Dime qué piensas tú del asunto.
b. tener una opinión
We think highly of her.Tenemos muy buena opinión de ella.
8. (to take into consideration; used with "of")
a. tener en cuenta
You never think of other people's feelings.Nunca tienes en cuenta los sentimientos de los demás.
b. pensar
Before buying a car, you must think of the expense it entails.Antes de comprar un coche, debes pensar en los gastos que acarrea.
9. (to select; used with "of")
a. pensar
Think of a number and a color.Piensa en un número y un color.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
10. (to ponder)
a. pensar
Think what the chances are of that happening.Piensa en la probabilidad de que eso ocurra.
11. (to imagine)
a. imaginarse
Think how different things would be if you had never met him.Imagínate lo diferente que serían las cosas si nunca lo hubieras conocido.
12. (to occur to)
a. ocurrirse
I didn't think to bring some water.No se me ocurrió traer agua.
13. (to remember)
a. acordarse
I'm trying to think what I ate yesterday.Estoy intentado acordarme de lo que comí ayer.
14. (to gather)
a. creer
Is he coming to the party? - I think so.¿Va a venir a la fiesta? - Creo que sí.
15. (to believe)
a. creer
I have to do what I think is in the best interest of my children.Tengo que hacer lo que creo que le conviene más a mis hijos.
b. parecer
I don't think it's a very good idea.No me parece que sea muy buena idea.
16. (to expect)
a. pensar
I thought we'd meet again.Pensaba que volveríamos a vernos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
17. (consideration)
a. reflexionar
After having a bit of a think, he decided to move on.Tras reflexionarlo un poco, decidió seguir adelante.
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