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-you convinced
Preteriteconjugation ofconvencer.
-you convinced
Preteritevosconjugation ofconvencer.


A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to coax)
a. to convince
Estoy tratando de convencer a mi madre que me deje ir al concierto.I'm trying to convince my mother to let me go to the concert.
b. to persuade
Convenceré a mi hermano para que me lleve a salir con él esta noche.I will persuade my brother to take me out with him tonight.
2. (to satisfy)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Me encantó el libro pero el final no me convenció.I loved the book, but the ending wasn't very good.
Decidieron eliminar los camarones del menú porque no parecía convencer a los clientes.They decided to remove shrimp from the menu because customers didn't seem to like them.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
3. (to coax oneself)
a. to convince oneself
Me tengo que convencer que renunciar de este trabajo será bueno para mi salud.I have to convince myself that quitting this job will be good for my health.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (persuadir)
a. to convince
convencer a alguien de algoto convince somebody of something
lo convencí para que me dejara ir a la fiestaI convinced o persuaded him to let me go to the party
2. (satisfacer)
es barato, pero no me acaba de convencer o no me convence del todoit's certainly cheap, but I'm not totally sure about it
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
3. (general)
su explicación no convencióhis explanation wasn't convincing
a pesar de ganar, el equipo no convencióalthough they won, the team failed to impress
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
4. (general)
convéncete, no conseguirás nada actuando asíbelieve (you) me, you won't get anywhere behaving like that
convencerse deto become convinced of
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transitive verb
convencer a algn (de algo) to convince sb (of sth); persuade sb (of sth); me convencieron de su inocencia they convinced o persuaded me he was innocent o of his innocence
nos convencieron de la necesidad del cambio
al final la convencí de que era verdad I eventually convinced o persuaded her it was true; no me convenceréis de lo contrario you won't convince o persuade me otherwise
aún así, no me convences
convencer a algn (de o para hacer algo) to persuade sb (to do sth); me han convencido de o para que los vote they persuaded me to vote for them
me convencieron de que me casara
no iba a salir, pero al final me convencieron I wasn't going to go out, but in the end they persuaded me (to)
lo convencimos de o para que se viniera con nosotros no sabía como convencer al portero de o para que la dejara pasar
3 (satisfacer)
no nos convence del todo la propuesta we are not entirely convinced about the proposal; the proposal is not entirely convincing; ninguno de los dos candidatos me convence neither of the two candidates seems very convincing o good to me; su último disco no me convence nada I'm not very impressed with her latest record; her latest record doesn't do much for me; el torero convenció a su afición the bullfighter did not disappoint his fans; parece buena gente, pero no me acaba de convencer he seems nice enough but I'm not too sure about him; su intervención no convenció a los votantes his speech failed to win over the voters
pronominal verb
al final se convenció y dejó de intentarlo he eventually thought better of it and stopped trying; ¡convéncete ya, esa enfermedad no tiene cura! I wish you'd understand, there's no cure for this illness!
convencerse de algo
se convencieron de mi inocencia they were persuaded of my innocence
finalmente nos convencimos de la necesidad del cambio
¿te convences ahora de que decía la verdad? do you believe now that I was telling the truth?; me convencí de que lo mejor era callarse I came to the conclusion that it would be better to keep quiet; tuvo que volver a casa para convencerse de que había apagado todas las luces he had to go back home to reassure o convince himself that he had switched off all the lights
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