"Nós podemos explicar isso."

Translation:We can explain that.

March 3, 2013



Swap the S for a T in isso and isto as a general rule. So isTo is thiS and isSo is thaT. These words are used where no gender is implied. When gender exists use este or esta (este homem ou esta mulher). Aquele homem (that man) and aquela mulher (that woman). Aquilo means "that" where no gender is involved. But no doubt Paulenrique will correct me.

October 17, 2013


A simple lesson:

That = Aquilo/Aquele/Aquela This = Isso/Isto/Este/Esta/Esse/Essa

The creators of this program can't seem to understand this.

March 3, 2013


That is the way we talk, but there is a small difference, and the creators seem to have decided that:

Este/a, Isto (aqui) -- This (one here with me/us)
Esse/a, Isso (aí) -- That (one there with you)
Aquele/Aquilo/Aquela (lá) -- That (one far from us)

So, if you follow those, you won't lose hearts. Note that in speech, Brazilians say "esse" even when they mean "este", but duolingo is following the Portuguese language and writing rules.

I had come up with an explanation for aquilo vs. aquele and isso vs. esse, but I can't remember it. I think it had to do with "esse" being a defined thing (esse chapéu), and "isso" being undefined (o que é isso? o que foi aquilo?).

O que você achou daquilo? -- What did you think about that?
O que você achou daquele? -- What did you think about that (one)? O que você achou daquele chapéu? -- What did you think about that hat?

Hope it helps! =)

October 18, 2013


Thanks. It's been very confusing to me. But, what's the difference between the individual words (besides the gender-specific words, of course)? When do you use aquilo instead of aquele? And when to use isso instead of este or esse?

September 13, 2013


'this' should be accepted

September 12, 2018


No, because "this" in portuguese would be "isto" = "something"... "that" is the correct because "that" in portuguese would be "isso" = "some (fact/act/action/etc). I am Brazilian and i hope i have help you.

April 24, 2019


Note: this equality (=) does not mean translation ok? it's just the meaning of the phrase

April 24, 2019
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