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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
1. (to reflect)
a. to think
No lo pienses más. ¡Actúa!Don't think too much. Just do it!
2. (to believe)
a. to think
Pienso que ya debería estar en casa.I think he should be home by now.
3. (to have the intention)
a. to plan
Estaba pensando estudiar mañana.I was planning to study tomorrow.
b. to mean
Pensé escribirte ayer, pero luego Vanna vino a la casa y se me olvidó.I meant to write you yesterday, but then Vanna came over and I forgot.
c. to intend
Nunca pensé herirte, Felipe. Lo siento.I never intended to hurt you, Felipe. I'm sorry.
A reflexive verb is a verb that indicates that the subject performs an action on itself (e.g. Miguel se lava.).
reflexive verb
4. (to consider oneself)
a. to think of oneself as
Ella se piensa la hija preferida de la familia.She thinks of herself as the family's favorite child.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
5. (to consider)
a. to think
¿Vas a aceptar la oferta? - No sé; tendré que pensármelo.Are you going to accept the offer? - I don't know; I'll have to think about it.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Le dije que sí sin pensármelo dos veces.I agreed without giving it a second thought.
Tendrás que pensártelo, ¿no? No tienes porque decidirte ya.You'll have to think it over, won't you? You don't have to decide yet.
6. (to believe)
a. to think
Jaime se piensa que lo sabe todo.Jaime thinks he knows it all.
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An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (general)
a. to think
pensar en algo/en alguien/en hacer algoto think about something/about somebody/about doing something
piensa en un número/buen regalothink of a number/good present
dar que pensar a alguiento give somebody food for thought
no pienses mal…don't get the wrong idea…
pensar mal de alguiento think badly o ill of somebody
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (reflexionar sobre)
a. to think about o over
ahora que lo pienso,…come to think of it,…, now that I think about it…
cuando menos lo pienses, te llamaránthey'll call you when you least expect it
3. (opinar, creer)
a. to think
pensar algo de alguien/algoto think something of somebody/something
pienso que no vendráI don't think she'll come
4. (idear)
a. to think up
5. (tener la intención de)
pensar hacer algoto intend to do something
no pienso decírteloI have no intention of telling you
¿qué piensas hacer?what are you going to do?, what are you thinking of doing?
¡ni pensarlo!no way!, not a chance!
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
pronominal verb
6. (general)
pensarse algoto think about something, to think something over
me ofrecieron el trabajo y no me lo pensé (dos veces)they offered me the job and I had no hesitation in accepting it
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transitive verb
1 (opinar) to think
pensar de
¿qué piensas de ella? what do you think of her?; ¿qué piensas del aborto? what do you think about abortion?
pensar que to think that
—¿piensas que van a venir? —pienso que sí "do you think they'll come?" — "I think so"; dice que las mujeres no tendrían que trabajar, yo pienso que sí he says women shouldn't work, I think they should; yo pienso que no I don't think so
2 (considerar) to think about; think over
lo pensaré I'll think about it; I'll think it over; esto es para pensarlo this needs thinking about o careful consideration; lo pensó mejor she thought better of it; me pongo triste solo con pensarlo the mere thought of it makes me sad
pensándolo bien ... on second thoughts ...; on reflection ...
piénsalo bien antes de responder think carefully before you answer; ¡ni pensarlo! no way! (familiar)
3 (decidir)
pensar que to decide that; come to the conclusion that ...
he pensado que no vale la pena I've decided that it's not worth it; I've come to the conclusion that it's not worth it
4 (tener la intención de)
pensar hacer algo to intend to do sth
pienso seguir insistiendo I intend to keep on trying; no pensaba salir I wasn't intending o planning to go out; no pienso volver a Cuba I have no intention of going back to Cuba; no pienso decir nada I won't be saying anything
No pienso pisar aquel teatro no pienso morirme sin intentarlo
5 (concebir) to think up
¿quién pensó este plan? who thought this plan up?; whose idea was this plan?
6 (esperar)
cuando menos lo pienses when you least expect it; sin pensarlo unexpectedly
intransitive verb
1 (tener ideas) to think
eso me hace pensar that makes me think; quieren imponer su forma de pensar they want to impose their way of thinking
respondió que su forma de pensar no había variado se encontró con un grupo de chavales de El Escorial y con los que coincidía en su forma de pensar
después de mucho pensar tuve una idea after much thought I had an idea
pensar en algo/algn to think about sth/sb
¿en qué piensas? what are you thinking about?; estaba pensando en ir al cine esta tarde I was thinking of going to the cinema this evening; solo piensa en pasarlo bien all he thinks about is having a good time; pienso mucho en ti I think about you a lot
solo piensa en hacer dinero solo piensa en sí mismo solo piensan en el hoy y ahora unas imágenes que nos hacen pensar en Degas
pensar para sí to think to o.s.
dar que pensar
no haberlo denunciado esta misma mañana, da que pensar que un señor pueda controlar ahora al mismo tiempo las cadenas privadas y las cadenas públicas de televisión da que pensar
el hecho de que no llamara a la policía da que pensar the fact that she didn't call the police makes you think; un reportaje que da que pensar a thought-provoking article; dar que pensar a la gente to set people thinking; arouse suspicions
sin pensar without thinking
pensar sobre algo to think about sth
pensar con los pies
estás pensando con los pies you're not using your head
pensar bien de algo/algn to think well of sth/sb
pensar mal de algo/algn to think ill of sth/sb
¡no pienses mal! don't be nasty!; ¡siempre pensando mal! what a nasty mind you've got!
piensa mal y acertarás you can't trust anybody
3 (aspirar)
pensar en algo to aim at sth
piensa en una cátedra he's aiming at a chair
pronominal verb
piénsatelo think it over; tienes nueve días para pensártelo you have nine days to think it over o to think about it; sin pensárselo dos veces without a second thought; después de pensárselo mucho after thinking about it long and hard; after much thought
Se ha ido a Colombia a pensárselo a lo mejor no es mala idea. Me lo tengo que pensar
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