Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday November 1, 2013

parecer, verb:
to think

Parecer is a very common way of expressing what you think. You use it in the structure me parece que ..., word for word ‘it seems to me that.’

Me parece que no va a venir.
I don’t think he’s going to come.

It’s very common, as in the previous example, to make the verb after parecer negative, whereas in English we make think negative. If you make parecer itself negative, the verb that follows has to be in the subjunctive (shown by an asterisk).

No me parece que sea* muy buena idea.
I don’t think it’s a very good idea.

To say I think so, or I don’t think so, you use parecer in the structures shown below:

¿Va a venir? - Me parece que sí.
Is she going to come? - I think so.

¿Va a llover? Me parece que no.
Is it going to rain? - I don’t think so.

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