"Nós somos amigos desde ontem."

Translation:We have been friends since yesterday.

March 19, 2013



I reported this to be accepted: We are friends since yesterday

March 19, 2013


I don't see that at all. It is the literal translation, but it isn't right in English. This comes from the fact that English and Portuguese do not use the tenses in exactly the same way. You simply can't say "we are friends since..." in English (maybe in some colloquialisms, but it is definitely not good enough English to learn).

December 22, 2013


I agree totally with you dude!

February 20, 2015


I dont think at this level they are concerned with the translation of the sentiment if the sentence, rather the words within the sentence. So, while it wouldnt be proper grammar in english, it would be poor teaching technique to mark it as wrong. That would be something to worry about later. So, that's probably why they are accepting "We are friends since yesterday" as correct now.

August 10, 2016


"We are friends since yesterday" is now accepted

January 24, 2018


One of the functions of the present perfect tense is to describe an interval of time from the past (yesterday) until the moment of speaking. The Portuguese "simple present" focuses only on now, not the past.

We are friends [today]. (Simple present)
We have been friends since yesterday. (Present Perfect)

January 24, 2018


Honestly, these are living languages - at some point, it is the population that determines what is "correct," not simply only the grammarians.

July 9, 2016


Sure. The society that uses the language also determines what is acceptable or not. That's why a language is living and keeps changing.

July 10, 2016


Why is it nós and not nos?

August 18, 2017


nos = ourselves/us (in most cases)

August 18, 2017


Would it be appropriate in any circumstances to use the Portuguese present perfect in this situation? 'We have been being': 'nós temos sido amigos'? Or would estar be more correct, if used at all?

February 22, 2019


The "present perfect" tense is what you see in DL's sentence: "have" + past participle = (been).

We have been friends since yesterday, for ages, since 2012...

With a few exceptions, the "present perfect progressive" tense: "have been" + present participle is not used with verbs like "have, like, owe, be, seem..." The simple present perfect is used for this type of verb.

The second timeline shows the simple present perfect tense describing a durative action. (past -> present)


February 23, 2019
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