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"Tu comes pão."

Translation:You eat bread.

January 14, 2013

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We do teach Brazilian Portuguese, and accept Portuguese from Portugal. However "tu" is used in parts of Brazil and that's why it is here.


I am curious to know in which parts of Brazil "tu" is used.


Hey paulconsul! In the south it is used in its proper form (tu comes), in Rio in its improper form, informally (tu come, with the "você" conjugation of the verb). There may be more regions, but those are the ones I am familiar with. =)


Vivi - So, in the south like Rio Grande do Sul, Sta Catarina and Paraná? So, I shouldn't use tu with my girlfriend in the interior of SP?


Yes, those are the areas I am aware of... as far as I know it is more used the further south you go (Rio Grande do Sul for sure).

I have not noticed people from the interior of SP using "tu", although it can happen anywhere because it is after all also technically correct. I'd say go with "você" for general use with your girlfriend, and "a senhora" or "o senhor" if you want to be very respectful and polite to people older than you (conjugation for those is the same as for "você"). Você is correct anywhere you go in Brazil, so it is always the safest bet. I am from São Paulo (capital), and we pretty much only use "você" (sometimes it ends up sounding like "cê" in speech).

I hope it helps! =)


Not the entire South uses Tu. I'm from Paraná, and here we use Você as standard. In Santa Catarina they use Tu. And Rio Grande do Sul, I think they use Você more, but I could be wrong. Also in the Northeast and North, there are states/regions where they speak Tu, but I don't know where, since I've never been there. :b


Someone should make a language map of Brazil


I fear that this will take a long time to be finished, paulconsul. But there's one being made and also there are some separated-by-region atlas already done. Here is the list: http://twiki.ufba.br/twiki/bin/view/Alib/AtlasNacionais


I can say that the whole state of Ceará uses "tu" in the informal way, Paulconsul. And I think that most part of the Northeast do the same.


Just a small question...."Tu es"...the e has a / above it (an acute?)....why does the verb ending comES bebES etc not have the acute?


Hi, JCMcGee! Whenever the é has the accent, it is pronounced differently.

The é in tu és sounds different compared to the e in "tu comes". The duolingo robot lady does not have this down yet.

Additional hint: if you are using a Mac computer, alt+e then e again to type the letter é. =)


It´s a different verb. The acute accent is a characteristic of that particular verb, not of the general conjugation.


Because in Portuguese, as in most (all?) languages, the verb "to be"/"ser" is irregular. "Comer" and "beber" are regular.


I thought "tu" was taken out of the Brazilian-Portuguese language. Can anyone in Brazil confirm this?


Tu is rarely used in its correct form in Brazil. I only know of the states in the South using it (but você is used everywhere). In Rio it is used incorrectly when speaking informally, meaning it is slang (tu vai, tu anda, tu come, etc.). In São Paulo we don't really use it at all. =)


I will disagree wit vivisaurus. "Tu" is used interchangeably with "você" in some brazilian states.


If you say tu,everyone in Brasil will understand?


Yes, everyone will understand you.


Brazilians don't say: tu comes pão. we say: Tu come pão or voce come pão.


I found after awhile of studying and interacting with Brazilians that most don't even know how to speak Portuguese themselves. smh.


Why comes instead of come?


The conjugation for tu is "comes"...


Would it be wrong to say "Voçe comes pão"?


Yes! First you misspelled Você. Second, if you are using "Você" instead of "Tu" than you should conjugate the verb on the 3rd singular person (the same as "Ele/Ela"). So the right way would be "Você come pão?".


Why does comemoes not work


comemos = nós comemos = we eat


Why would come not work here?!


You either say "Você come", or "Tu comeS". They're different persons.

  • "Tu comes" is the 2nd person sing.
  • "Você come" is the 3rd perons sing. (Same as "ele"; "ele come")


why is it comes instead of come,,


Correct way is "tu comes". Some Brazilians may say "tu come". Verb conjugation : eu como, tu comes, ele/você come... this can create a lot of discussion because Voce, same thing as Tu, is conjugated not the same way. what you can do is put always in the 2nd person singular : tu comes, tu bebes.


why is it comes not come? voce = you + tu = voce - voce come pao but tu comes pao?

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I think it might help (at least it does for me, but that's coming from french) to understand that "você" is originally a contraction of "vossa mercê" ("your mercy" or "your grace").

You can think of it as a similar form as using "your majesty" while addressing a monarch with a lot of deference in english: "your majesty is too kind". Note that while you address the person directly here, you use "is" and not "are" because gramatically it's a 3rd person construction.

você/o senhor/a senhora works similarly in portuguese, even though semantically you address them directly as the 2nd person, grammatically those are 3rd person constructions and expect a 3rd person conjugation for the verb, like ele/ela. So you end up with "você come", very literally "your grace eats".

Now "tu" is the proper grammatical (informal) 2nd person pronoun, like "you" in english (or more accurately old english "thou") or "tu" in french. Therefore the verb is conjugated at the 2nd person and becomes "comes" (in romance languages you tend to end up with ~s endings at the 2nd person in my experience. All the way back to latin really). So "tu comes", "you eat", somewhat similar to old english "thou eatest".

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