pretend to be

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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 feign to be)
a. fingir ser
The thieves pretended to be policemen, and the old lady let them in her house.Los ladrones fingieron ser policías, y la anciana los dejó entrar a su casa.
b. fingir estar
She didn't want to go to school and pretended to be ill.No quería ir a la escuela y fingió estar enferma.
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
2. (imperative)
a. finge ser
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
Call Mary and pretend to be Anna.Llama a Mary y finge ser Anna.
b. finge estar
A word of phrase used to refer to the second person informal “tú” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. How are you?).
(informal)
(singular)
If a bear attacks you, pretend to be dead.Si te ataca un oso, finge estar muerto.
c. finja ser
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
Now follow my instructions. Phone this number and pretend to be Mr. Smith.Ahora, siga mis instrucciones. Llame a este número y finja ser el señor Smith.
d. finja estar
A word or phrase used to refer to the second person formal “usted” by their conjugation or implied context (e.g. usted).
(formal)
(singular)
When she arrives, pretend to be busy. You'll see what happens.Cuando llegue, finja estar ocupado. Ya verá qué sucede.
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