"The bread is good."

Translation:O pão é bom.

January 9, 2013



ok, I'm native so let me answer that. the verb 'to be' is usually translated as 'ser/estar'. 'ser' (this tense it turns to 'é') is for something lasting. as your name. then 'my name is' becomes 'meu nome É'. and the 'estar' (here turns 'está') is for some that's happening right now. like 'i'm happy'. so you can ask: you're a happy person or you're happy right now? in portuguese we don't have this doubt. . so, in this case (the bread is good), we usualy say 'o pão ESTÁ bom'. cuz the bread is good right now. if you say that 'o pão é bom' you're sayng that any bread in any time is good. and, just between us, it's not the case.

January 13, 2013


thanks, that makes a lot of sense

April 19, 2013


Furthermore, I guess it's like saying in English... "Bread is good" (Which would sound strange) whereas we would want to say "This bread is good"

January 5, 2015



February 21, 2014


You can say "O pão está bom", but it has a different meaning. Using "está" expresses the idea that the bread is good now, in this moment. If you say that the bread "é bom" it means the bread is usually good.

January 10, 2013


when to use boa and bom ?

July 9, 2013


I read in previous comments that: boa= femenine bom=masculine

August 6, 2013


It follows the gender: Ele é um bom menino. - He's a good boy. / Ela é uma boa menina. - She's a good girl.

August 25, 2013


Bom is an adjetive used to describe masculine nouns and boa is an adjetive used to describe feminine nouns.

November 29, 2014


So bread is a man

December 14, 2014


Confused.... What is the difference between "bem" and "boa"? And when is it appropriate to use? I put o pão é bem and got it wrong?

July 8, 2017


Bem = well (adverb)

Boa = good (adjective for feminine nouns)

July 8, 2017


Why is it "bom" not "boa" its not masculine or feminen

January 7, 2015


Because in Portuguese Pão is a substantive masculine.

February 22, 2015


How come I got it right by typing "O pan e bom"?

September 10, 2015


what SERIOUSLY that happened to you u are soooo lucky dude

June 18, 2016


When to use 'bom' and 'boa' i know that 'bom' is used for man/boy 'boa' used for woman/girl but when do you use 'boa' and 'bom' for bread/food??

May 22, 2017


The same way:

Pão = masculine, so use "bom"

Comida = feminine, so use "boa"

May 22, 2017
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