When we were asked to choose the word that matched the image, and asked to choose the article, the options were a and o, no plural possibilities. What's the difference between a roupa and as roupas?
a roupa is singular, as roupas or just roupas, is plural. when you are talking about one piece of clothes or about a look you use roupa, when it os about lots of clothes that are not been used you say roupas. for example: guarda roupas.
A roupa and as roupas are inter changeable, although a roupa is more frequently used. They both translate to "the clothes"
They are interchangable only in certain situations. A roupa is really like saying "clothing" as roupas is more like "the clothes". In other words, a roupa would refer to all clothing that exists whereas as roupas would usually refer to specific clothes that the speaker and listeners are aware of.
Can a native speaker clarify the pronunciation please? It sounds like hopas, but I think it should be more like rhou-pas, with a soft pronunciation of the r. Is this correct?
R at the beggining of the word is pronounced H- ha, he hi, ho. In the middle you pronounce R. Hope it helps