Penser que/Croire que = To think that/To believe that in French

Look at these sentences:

Vous pensez qu'elle chante bien.You think (that) she sings well.

Elle croit que les anges existent.She believes (that) angels exist.

Nous pensons que c'est une bonne idée.We think it's a good idea.

Ils croient que tu caches quelque chose.They believe you're hiding something.


ATTENTION 
When using verbs of opinions such as penser (to think) and croire (to believe) to say 'I believe that / I think that' in French, you always need to put que ('that') after them, whereas in English you can sometimes omit it.

For example: In French, you can NEVER say ''Vous pensez elle chante bien.'' or ''Elle croit les anges existent.''

 

See also the more advanced Expressing "to find" and opinions with the verb "trouver" in French  and "Penser/trouver/savoir/croire/prétendre que" are followed with indicative (L'Indicatif) in affirmative sentences BUT with subjunctive (Le Subjonctif) in negative ones

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Examples and resources

Vous pensez qu'elle chante bien.You think (that) she sings well.
Elle croit que les anges existent.She believes (that) angels exist.
Je pense que tu es gentil.I think you're kind.
Nous pensons que c'est une bonne idée.We think it's a good idea.
Je crois que mon ami a raison.I believe my friend is right.
Ils croient que tu caches quelque chose.They believe you're hiding something.
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