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"Confesses" is a form of "confess", a transitive verb which is often translated as "confesar". Learn more about "confess" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to admit reluctantly)
a. confesar
I confess my guilt, but, as you well know, I've already been punished for it.Confieso mi culpa, pero, como bien sabes, ya he pagado por ello.
b. reconocer
The student confessed that he had never heard of Charles Dickens.El alumno reconoció que nunca había oído hablar de Charles Dickens.
2. (religious)
a. confesar
She went to the church to confess her sins to the priest every week.Todas las semanas iba a la iglesia a confesar sus pecados al sacerdote.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to admit to committing a crime)
a. confesar
The killer confessed to the crime when they found the weapon in his apartment.El asesino confesó su crimen cuando el arma fue hallada en su apartamento.
4. (religious)
a. confesarse
When was the last time you confessed? - It's been three years, father.¿Cuándo fue la última vez que te confesaste? - Hace tres años, padre.
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