"Eles correm pela rua."

Translation:They run through the street.

February 16, 2013

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Is there a significant difference between using pela and na in this sentence?

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Not much, but it's something like:

  • Eles correm pela rua = They run around the street, or they run through the street.
  • Eles correm na rua = They run on the street.


So the given answer is incorrect? Eles correm pela rua here is translated as "they run on the street", whereas my answer "they run down the street" was incorrect.


"they run for the street" isn't correct?


The same question here!!!


"They run for the street" doesn't really make sense. That would imply they are running on behalf of the street. Normally, when you do anything "for" or "on behalf of", you're doing it for an animate object, like a person or an animal or a cause. (e.g., "I am running in the race for my son." or "I am running in the race for a cure to cancer.")


Actually, there are at least two meanings to "they run for the street" that can make sense.

  1. "They are running towards the street"
  2. Taking "the street" to mean a certain community, "they run for the street" can mean that they are their street's team in some running competition.


For both of those cases, "they are running for the street" would sound better. "They run for the street" sounds unfinished, like it needs a comma and a bit more info (eg "they run for the street, jumping over tables along the way")


Would "They run along the the street" be ok here? In English, I would normally only say "they run on the street" if I wanted to highlight the surface, eg in contrast to running on the footpath, or running on grass.


"They run along the street" was OK before, at least.


They run through the street?


Given the three choices given for "pela" is not "by" the best answer- by being short in English for "by the way of" or "by the means of" the street?


Normally I would say, "They run in the street.".


What is the difference between pela and na? Are they similar?


"Na" is a contraction of "em a" (in the, on the, at the), While "pela" is a contraction of "por a" (by the, for the, through the).

As an aside, the translation "they run along the street" is also accepted here.


They run in the street sounds more like a native speaker.


"...run on the street" sounds strange to me. I'd never say it.


I always run on the street. Sidewalks are for walking lol


You can also say ride or drive on the street as well.

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