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"Essa serpente tem cinquenta centímetros."

Translation:This serpent is fifty centimeters long.

January 15, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlonsoMachado

This snake has fifty centimeters is the literal translation, if you wanna ask about measuring the correct sentence should be "Essa serpente mede cinquenta centímetros".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andreaparker

The translations of esse and este so far in this course seem to make them interchangeable, but not in this sentence apparently. I had understood that in European Portuguese este meant this and esse meant that. Can somebody crarify?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/erudis
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  • "Este" = near the speaker
  • "Esse" = near the listener
  • "Aquele" = far from both

The correct translations are "este" = "this", "esse" = "that", "aquele" = "that", but in Brazilian Portuguese you can also see "esse" being translated as "this", because in everyday speech people hardly discriminate between "este" and "esse" anymore, hence the confusion.

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