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"Es malo" is a phrase which is often translated as "is bad", and "creer" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "to believe". Learn more about the difference between "es malo" and "creer" below.
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A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
1. (used to say something is not good quality)
a. is bad
Este ron es malo, pero al menos es barato.This rum is bad, but at least it's cheap.
b. it's bad
No compres ese bolígrafo. Es malo.Don't buy that ballpoint pen. It's bad.
2. (used to say something is harmful)
a. is bad
¡Apaga ese cigarrillo! Fumar es malo.Put off that cigarette! Smoking is bad.
b. it's bad
Deja de comer comida chatarra. Es malo para tu salud.Stop eating junk food. It's bad for your health.
3. (he's not good)
a. he's bad (masculine)
¡Saquen a ese jugador de la cancha! Es malo.Get that player off the field! He's bad.
b. is bad
El guitarrista de la banda es malo. Yo puedo tocar mejor.The guitar player of the band is bad. I can play better.
4. (he is mean)
a. he's bad (masculine)
La gente dice que es malo porque tuvo problemas con la ley.People say he's bad because he got in trouble with the law.
b. he's evil (masculine)
No hables con ese hombre. Es malo como el mismísimo demonio.Don't talk to that man. He's evil as the devil himself.
c. is bad
Mi madre piensa que mi mejor amigo es malo porque tiene tatuajes.My mother thinks my best friend is bad because he has tattoos.
d. is evil
El hechicero es malo y le lanzó un hechizo al caballero.The wizard is evil and casted a spell on the knight.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to have faith)
a. to believe
Creo en un ser superior.I believe in a supreme being.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to suppose)
a. to think
Creo que podría estar enfermo.I think he might be sick.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
3. (to consider oneself)
a. to believe
No me creo mejor que tú.I don't believe that I am better than you.
b. to think
¿Te crees tan guapo?Do you think you're so good-looking?
4. (to consider true)
a. to believe
¿Pero tú piensas que se lo cree en serio?Do you think she really believes it?
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