In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(feign)(surprise/ignorance) fingir(surprise/ignorance) aparentarhe pretended he hadn't seen us — fingió que no nos había visto
- he pretends he doesn't care, he pretends not to care — finge que no le importa
- they pretended to be students — se hicieron pasar por estudiantes
- she's not as stupid as she pretends (to be) — no es tan tonta como quiere aparentar
- Every spring pretends a pity for pretty, short-lived things.
- He pretended outrage, though it was only half-hearted, exhausted as he was.
- Even pretended disinterest can destroy thought, or pretended interest can give room for ideas to coalesce.
- Each of us (we're men here) pretends appreciation for the way she slips from point to point.
- No one pretends an interest: at 4 a.m. it's too late to care.
- It pretends sympathy for them, but offers them nothing but hate for strangers.
- We're pretending this whole love thing to save both of our careers because of a horrible mistake.
- The disgusting picture of a woman who pretends zeal for the happiness of Africa, and is constantly employed in securing a life of misery to her own children, is a laboured work of art in his present exhibition.
- Tory pretended disgust and turned away to avoid staring at the strawberry blonde actress.
- Lodovico, with Brabanzio's brother Graziano, hears the wounded men: Iago, feigning to help, stabs Roderigo, then pretends horror on finding him dead.
- He is a member who is given to anger, a member who can display anger and can pretend anger, but underneath it actually is anger, as well.
- Her father stands, moves over to the curtains, opens them slightly and pretends some interest outside as a distraction to his answer.
- This one turns out to be a handsome if grumpy Famous Writer for whom she pretends an interest in cars, sports and wine.
- I am glad that he knows when to pretend fear; it might save his non-life some day.
- Jason argued another possibility in his head; Paul could be pretending friendship in order to be close to Kirby.
- She favoured me with another small grin and withdrew her hand, pretending an exaggerated interest in watching as her claws retracted.
- See, I save time in the morning by not bothering to pretend surprise that the Government lies.
- I realize that I've manipulated others, trying to draw sympathy by pretending weakness.
1.2pretended past participle(innocence) falso(innocence) fingido
2(make believe)let's pretend we're on a desert island — vamos a hacer (cuenta de) que estamos en una isla desierta
- let's pretend I'm the mother and you're the father — mira, yo era la mamá y tú eras el papá
- just pretend I'm not here — tú haz como si yo no estuviera
- Beth rolled her eyes at her, then put up an imaginary microphone, pretending that she was a game show host.
- I believe that I am a complete psycho and I pretend that Chase is this forsaken love that will make me all better.
- He threw his arms in the air pretending he was in a real game and he was the star.
- For some reason I believed that she was going to ask me to pretend that she lived in high society.
- Fearing the worst, he decides to pretend that Germany is still the same country his mother believes in.
- As to what magic is all about, I was always given to the believe that magic was mostly just about bragging and pretending.
- Imagine or pretend that you are in a beautiful spot in nature looking out over a vast horizon where a wonderful future awaits you.
- He wants to see Catherine and wants her to pretend that they are engaged and in a fancy Milan hotel room together.
- Sometimes, when I was playing in a football game, I would stare at Susan and pretend she came to cheer me on.
- Francis loses both daughter and wife and constructs a fantasy life to pretend that Lisa is somehow still alive.
- Back then I used to play games and pretend I was a secret agent and such.
- As long as we're playing make believe, why not pretend that plot matters.
- SNL Alumni Adam Sandler and Chris Rock do a bit where Rock pretends to be Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- She had enjoyed slipping away into their make believe world and pretending she was the heroine.
- When he does, will he play the party game and try to pretend the elephants aren't there?
- You can go to land of make believe and you can pretend, but in the end you still have no friends Ted, I think this is goodbye.
- This fantasy allows us to pretend that where we are does not matter, and that what we do daily is a minor narrative that does not count.
- It was a huge adventure and we'd play silly games and pretend we were pirates on a quest for gold.
- Jerry will pretend he is not a marone, because this game is a fantasy!
- I did a lot of role-playing on the beach, pretending to be all sorts of people.
3(claim)pretenderwe've never pretended that we had all the answers — nunca hemos pretendido que podíamos resolverlo todo
- I won't pretend to give you advice — no voy a pretender darte consejos
- But it is an impostor, a sort of Toad Hall that pretends to an amplitude and height it hasn't got.
- There is a self-styled anti-globalisation movement that pretends to the contrary.
1(feign)fingirstop pretending! — ¡deja ya de fingir!
2to pretend to
formal(lay claim)pretenderI don't pretend to any knowledge of … — no pretendo saber de …
- to pretend to the throne — pretender el trono
1(money/gun) de mentira coloquial(gun/money) de mentirijillas coloquialit's not just pretend this time — esta vez no va de broma / no estoy jugando
- I don't know why the pretend face ruined it for me, but it did.
- The dolls are to be served a pretend lunch, so they each have their own striped chair and matching tiny teacup and plate.
- They ride around on pretend horses while knocking coconuts together and often break into spontaneous song.
- Then, to secure the best security scoop yet, the journo brought in pretend bomb-making equipment in his rucksack.
- And when you say towing mannequins, is that mannequin in the sense of, say a store dummy, basically a pretend human being?
- In the home center, children prepare a pretend picnic for an imaginary vacation.
- We weren't marching off to conquer other countries, but to save them, for real, not for pretend purposes.
- Pretend troops are just what we need to fight for a pretend cause!
- It was a boring time, as Dominic had to eat pretend chocolate chip cookies, and drink tea.
- Before we knew it, it was time to say goodnight - the pretend goodnight before the encore - so we knew there was more.
- I can't be the only adult to play for pretend money around the Monopoly board, but at least that requires some sense of the world outside me.
- ‘There is no point in having a pretend vote on a pretend treaty,’ he said.
- Boys and young men with pretend guns were being given military drill and taught blood-curdling, screamed chants.
- There would be no safe haven for them, if the West was prepared to be an equal partner (not just a pretend one).
- At least on the streets there was no pretend law being bothered with in a pretend way, just people puffing, victimising only themselves.
- You just become someone walking around in freedom, no longer a pretend celebrity with a wallet to be taxed.
- Not that I'll be wiping pretend crude oil off pretend sea gulls, you understand.
- He fondly recalls his first foray into musicals being a show about a snowman in which he had to throw pieces of paper as pretend snow.
- If using pretend news is one of the ways these stations have chosen to save money, it's a false economy.
- Build a fire (real or pretend depending on fire restrictions) and tell stories.
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