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Do we use "pensar que" if we don't have an infinitive?

MarcosC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Do we use "pensar que" if we don't have an infinitive?

Hi Inma, I've been enjoying your lessons.

Would it be correct to say:

"No pienso ir."

as:

"No pienso que voy a ir."

Thanks.

Asked 2 years ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Marcos

If the meaning is "I have decided (not) to, I (don't) have the intention to..", which is what we express when using "Pienso + infinitive" or "No pienso + infinitive", then you can't use it as you suggested: No pienso que voy a ir. (incorrect) You need the structure with the infinitive.

When you can use it with "que"  is when expressing opinion, the same we do with no creer que, but be careful to use it with the subjunctive (not the indicative):

No creo que ella sea fea.

No pienso que ella sea fea. 

Saludos

Inma

Do we use "pensar que" if we don't have an infinitive?

Hi Inma, I've been enjoying your lessons.

Would it be correct to say:

"No pienso ir."

as:

"No pienso que voy a ir."

Thanks.

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