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"Imagine" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "imaginar", and "guess" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "adivinar". Learn more about the difference between "imagine" and "guess" below.
imagine(
ih
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mah
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jihn
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to envision)
a. imaginar
I never imagined you were a reggaeton fan.Nunca imaginé que fueras fan del reggaetón.
Imagine humans could talk to whales.Imagina que los humanos pudieran hablar con las ballenas.
b. imaginarse
Imagine you're walking along the beach on a warm day.Imagínate que estás caminando por la playa en un día caluroso.
c. figurarse
Imagine all the good we could do with your donation to our organization.Figúrate todo el bien que podríamos lograr con tu donativo a nuestra organización.
2. (to falsely believe)
a. imaginarse
Poor Berta. She imagines she is going to be the Spring Queen.Pobre Berta, se imagina que va a ser la Reina de la Primavera.
b. creerse
She imagines she's the artist's girlfriend, but she's crazy.Se cree la novia del artista, pero está loca.
3. (to suppose)
a. suponer
Imagine you had a million dollars. What would you do?Supón que tuvieras un millón de dólares. ¿Qué harías?
b. figurarse
Paco only pumps gas, but he imagines he's the owner of the gas station.Paco es solo un despachador, pero se figura que es el dueño de la gasolinera.
c. imaginarse
I imagine he's very happy with the results his sales team produced this quarter.Me imagino que está muy contento con los resultados del equipo de ventas este trimestre.
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guess(
gehs
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to estimate)
a. adivinar
Guess what just happened!¡Adivina lo que acaba de suceder!
2. (to suppose)
a. suponer
I guess we should clean the house.Supongo que deberíamos limpiar la casa.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (estimate)
a. la suposición
(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).
My guess was wrong as they arrived at three o'clock.Mi suposición fue incorrecta ya que llegaron a las tres.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
How many jellybeans do you think are in the jar? Take a guess!¿Cuántas gominas crees que hay en el frasco? ¡Adivina!
The students made lots of guesses but could not get the answer.Los estudiantes adivinaron muchas veces, pero no acertaron la respuesta.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4. (to postulate)
a. adivinar
If you don't know, you can guess.Si no lo sabes, puedes adivinar.
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