"Seu cavalo"

Translation:Your horse

January 9, 2013



In European Portuguese, "Your horse" would be "O teu cavalo" or, if you were speaking to someone you are not familiar with "O seu cavalo". To say "Seu cavalo" by itself in European Portuguese, means "You horse". As if calling someone a horse.

November 23, 2014


I'll keep it in mind then, not to say "Seu cavalo" when i come to Portugal.

December 16, 2014


Wouldn't you say "sao cavalo" if you wanna call him/her a horse? (Just to make sure)

August 9, 2015


I know this was a while ago, but I think the reason "Seu" can mean "you" in some dialects of Portuguese is because in that case it comes from "Senhor" so sometimes it can be a more formal or polite form of address. But according to wiktionary, the normal seu (derived from Latin suus meaning his) can also be used before insults for emphasis. So in the case of something like "Seu idiota!" it would be like saying "you idiot!" We do something similar in Spanish with "so" but I don't know if this is just parallel development or if they share an etymological root.

April 10, 2017


it could be: his/her horse too

January 9, 2013

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It could, but as a rule, unless the context previously mentioned a third person, consider "seu" as "your", since that's what any native speaker would think.

January 9, 2013


where did you find this rule? I cannot see any rule on Duolingo, just practice. Where could I find it? Thanks erudis! :)

March 20, 2014

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I'm saying it as a practical rule, you probably won't find it written down in a grammar book, but that's how it works.

March 20, 2014


So what about here, where there is no context and no previous anything. Generally your?

April 25, 2014

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Generally yes, in Brazilian Portuguese that is. Although by no means his/her/their is wrong.

April 25, 2014


is it the same for European portugese

September 17, 2014


I think "teu" is more commonly used in Portugal, so "seu" is generally used for his/her in Protugal.

At least this is what I've come to understand reading different comments

September 24, 2014


Northern Brazilians and Portuguese people say "Teu". Southern Brazilians say "Seu".

July 11, 2015


PronĂșncia de 'Cavalo' esta errada, parece 'caRvalho'

June 17, 2015


I agree

August 14, 2018


also his/her horse?

August 14, 2018



August 14, 2018
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