pretend that

pretend that
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to act as if)
a. fingir que
When salesmen come to the door, we pretend that we're not here.Cuando vienen vendedores a la puerta, fingimos que no estamos.
b. hacer como que
Mario pretends that he's happy, but he's miserable.Mario hace como que está contento, pero se siente miserable.
c. hacer que
Jennifer pretends that she doesn't understand Spanish so that she can eavesdrop on her parents.Jennifer hace que no entiende español para poder escuchar disimuladamente a sus padres.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Lena pretends that she knows more about finance than anybody, but she has no idea what she's talking about.Lena se hace la que más sabe de economía, pero no tiene idea de lo que habla.
Paulo pretends to be all tough, but it's just a bunch of hot air.Paulo se hace el duro, pero es pura fanfarronada.
2. (to imagine that)
a. imaginar que
Whenever I'm stressed, I pretend that I'm relaxing on a beach on a tropical island.Siempre que me pongo estresado, imagino que me estoy relajando en la playa en una isla tropical.
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