Quick answer
"Fake" is an adjective which is often translated as "falso", and "pretend" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "fingir". Learn more about the difference between "fake" and "pretend" below.
fake(
feyk
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (not authentic)
a. falso
They used fake guns for the bank robbery.Usaron pistolas falsas para el robo del banco.
b. de imitación
It's fake leather. That's why it's so cheap.Es cuero de imitación. Por eso es tan barato.
2. (falsified)
a. falso
It's patently obvious that this passport is fake.Se nota a la legua que este pasaporte es falso.
3. (insincere)
a. falso
I wouldn't believe a word Maggie says. She's really fake.No me creería nada de lo que dice Maggie. Es muy falsa.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
4. (to pretend)
a. fingir
The boy faked he was sick to skip school.El niño fingió que estaba enfermo para no ir a la escuela.
5. (to copy)
a. imitar
He can fake his dad's voice over the phone.Él puede imitar la voz de su papá por teléfono.
6. (to forge)
a. falsificar
She faked her mom's signature on her report card.Ella falsificó la firma de su mamá en su boletín de notas.
7. (sports)
a. fintar
The Packers faked a field goal and threw to the end zone instead.Los Packers fintaron un gol de campo y tiraron en vez a la zona de anotación.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
8. (imitation)
a. la falsificación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Her birth certificate was a fake.Su acta de nacimiento era una falsificación.
9. (imposter)
a. el farsante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la farsante
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The surgeon turned out to be a fake.El cirujano resultó ser un farsante.
b. el impostor
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
, la impostora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The author turned out to be a complete fake.El autor resultó ser un impostor total.
10. (sports)
a. la finta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The soccer player did a fake to confuse the opponent.El jugador de fútbol hizo una finta para confundir al oponente.
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pretend(
pruh
-
tehnd
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to feign)
a. fingir
When we were kids, my sister and I always pretended to be pirates.Cuando éramos niños, mi hermana y yo siempre fingíamos que éramos piratas.
b. simular
Children can have fun pretending to be doctors or firefighters.Los niños pueden divertirse simulando que son doctores o bomberos.
2. (to claim)
a. pretender
He pretends to have done lots of research for his thesis.Pretende haber hecho mucha investigación para su tesis.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to feign)
a. fingir
Since I came out of the closet, I don't have to pretend anymore.Desde que salí del armario, ya no tengo que fingir.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
4. (not real)
a. de mentira
When I was five years old, I had pretend tea parties with my dolls.Cuando tenía cinco años, hacía meriendas de mentira con mis muñecas.
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