Spanish Verb PRETENDER: to expect

The Spanish verb pretender means 'to expect' and is a regular Spanish ER verb.

To remember this, imagine you ask, "What did this PRETENDer expect?

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Read on, below the PRETENDER verb table...
           to expect: pretender
Imagine you ask, "What did this PRETENDer expect?"
Simple Tenses - Spanish Verb pretender
él, ella, usted
ellos, ellas, ustedes

pretendo pretendes pretende pretendemos pretendéis pretenden

pretendía pretendías pretendía pretendíamos pretendíais pretendían

pretendí pretendiste pretendió pretendimos pretendisteis pretendieron

will expect
pretenderé pretenderás pretenderá pretenderemos pretenderéis pretenderán

would expect
pretendería pretenderías pretendería pretenderíamos pretenderíais pretenderían

may expect
pretenda pretendas pretenda pretendamos pretendáis pretendan
Imperfect Subjunctive
Imperfecto de Subjuntivo

might expect
pretendiera pretendieras pretendiera pretendiéramos pretendiereis pretendieran
pretendiese pretendieses pretendiese pretendiésemos pretendieseis pretendiesen
Imperatives   Spanish Verb pretender - to expect

pretende! pretenda! pretendamos! pretended! pretendan!
Negative Imperative
Imperativo Negativo

don't expect!
no pretendas! no pretenda! no pretendamos! no pretendáis! no pretendan!
Compound Tenses of the Spanish Verb PRETENDER  Past Participle: pretendido - expected
Present Perfect
Perfecto de Indicativo

have expected
he pretendido has pretendido ha pretendido hemos pretendido habéis pretendido han pretendido
Preterit Perfect
Pretérito Anterior

had expected
hube pretendido hubiste pretendido hubo pretendido hubimos pretendido hubisteis pretendido hubieron pretendido
Past Perfect

had expected
había pretendido habías pretendido había pretendido habíamos pretendido habíais pretendido habían pretendido
Present Perfect Subj
Presente perfecto subj

may've expected
haya pretendido hayas pretendido haya pretendido hayamos pretendido hayáis pretendido hayan pretendido
Future Perfect
Futuro Perfecto

will have expected
habré pretendido habrás pretendido habrá pretendido habremos pretendido habréis pretendido habrán pretendido
Conditional Perfect
Condicional Perfecto

would've expected
habría pretendido habrías pretendido habría pretendido habríamos pretendido habríais pretendido habrían pretendido
Pluperfect Subjunctive
Pluscuamperfecto de sbj

might have ...ed
hubiera pretendido hubieras pretendido hubiera pretendido hubiéramos pretendido hubierais pretendido hubieran pretendido
hubiese pretendido hubieses pretendido hubiese pretendido hubiésemos pretendido hubieseis pretendido hubiesen pretendido
Progressive Tenses PRETENDER  Present Participle: pretendiendo - expecting
Present Progressive
Presente Progressivo

am expecting
estoy pretendiendo estás pretendiendo está pretendiendo estamos pretendiendo está pretendiendo están pretendiendo
Preterit Progressive
Pretérito Prog

was expecting
estuve pretendiendo estuviste pretendiendo estuvo pretendiendo estuvimos pretendiendo estuvisteis pretendiendo estuvieron pretendiendo
Imperfect Progressive
Imperfecto Prog

had been
estaba pretendiendo estabas pretendiendo estaba pretendiendo estábamos pretendiendo estabais pretendiendo estaban pretendiendo
Future Progressive
Futuro Perfecto Prog

will be expecting
estaré pretendiendo estarás pretendiendo estará pretendiendo estaremos pretendiendo estaréis pretendiendo estarán pretendiendo
Conditional Progressive
Condicional perfecto pr

would've been ~ing
estaría pretendiendo estarías pretendiendo estabría pretendiendo estaríamos pretendiendo estaríais pretendiendo estarían pretendiendo
Subjunctive Progressive
Subjuntivo Progressivo

may have been ~ing
que ~ pretendiendo que ~ pretendiendo que ~ pretendiendo que ~ pretendiendo que ~ pretendiendo que ~ pretendiendo
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 MORE about the SPANISH VERB pretendER 

        USING the SPANISH VERB pretender      

Spanish verb pretender - expect pretender can also mean: to try to, to aspire to.
pretender ser (eg profesor): to hope to become (a teacher).
¿Qué pretendes de ella? What do you expect of her?
¿Qué pretendes decir con eso? What are you trying to say?

Spanish to expect is pretender la pretensión (nf): aspiration, hope, wish, desire, claim.
tener pretensiones: to be pretentious.
pretencioso / pretenciosa (adj m/f): pretentious, showy; vain.
pretendido (pp/adj): so-called, false, proposed, supposed.
Fuera o no pretendido ...: Whether intended or not...
con pretendido interés: with false interest.

Spanish for expect is pretender Beware of this almost False Friend!
pretender can mean to pretend (to be), to (lay) claim,
but its meaning is more limited in Spanish than in English, so remember also:
aparentar: to pretend, to feign, to show off.
fingir: to pretend, to feign, to fake.
hacerse pasar por: to pretend to be.

Spanish verb pretender is to expect vos replaces - you, informal, singular -
- in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and also in some countries of Central America.
Sometimes it also replaces the formal singular 'Usted'.
In regular ER verbs, the conjugations remain the same as for except for the addition of accents in the following tenses:
Presente:      vos pretendés
Imperativo:  ¡pretendé!

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