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"Eles não tocam em nós."

Translation:They do not touch us.

August 2, 2018



Why is this not - "eles não tocam a gente?


"Eles não tocam na gente" is more common. Both "tocar" and "tocar em" are translations for "to touch".


Thank you Paulenrique for another erudite explanation. Your replies are the clearest and most understandable of them all. Are you as cool in person as you look in the photograph?


Thanks =) I appreaciate that.

Well, I hope I am cool in person =)


Well, I hope I am cool in person =)

Probably, but I have this vision of all of us here as being really nerdy. :D

After all, we spend hours per week (even per day) on the internet, much of it devoted to this site, picking apart languages. =)

But personally, I have embraced my inner nerd when I finally came out as being a Star Trek and Doctor Who fan. I tell you, confident nerds have way more fun. :)



Yeah, I spend at least 10 hours in front of my PC every day due to work and other stuff... After that, I read =P I love reading and learning new things ♥

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The woman's pronunciation of nós sounds like nois. Is that correct?


This accent is common in the some states in Brazil, such as Rio de Janeiro and Bahia. When the last syllable of a word ends in a stressed os or oz they pronounce it like ois, or in Rio, oish. Nós becomes nois or noish, após becomes apois or apoish, etc. They do the same with a stressed as in the end, so they pronounce gás like gais or gaish. I always think it's strange why they do that, It never made sense to me why they say "um sofá, dois 'sofais'" haha. In most of Brazil it is pronounced the "normal" way, nós is like "naws".


ah, so the "sh" ending is only common around Rio? I had this preconception of Portuguese language having these "sh" pronounciations, but on Duolingo I realized it's pronounced "s" and I was confused...


There may be a few other places in Brazil where people turn the s at the end into a "sh" sound, but I don't know of any other than Rio. Also, the "sh" sound is typical all throughout Portugal.


Could this also be translated "They are not touching us"? I realize there's a subtle difference: "They are not touching us" - at this moment in time, there is no physical contact between them and us. "They do not touch us" - they do not and will never have physical contact with us. Thank you.


Why is em necessary?


No. Without it, you have to say "Eles nos tocam".


Eles não nós tocam ?


"Eles não nos tocam". Without accent in "nos", because it's a different pronoun, a "pronome oblíquo átono" (unstressed oblique pronoun), while "nós", with acute accent, is a "pronome reto" (straight pronoun), that is used as subject in a sentence


Why must tocar be followed by em?


Because generally (though not always... at least in Brazil), tocar without the preposition means, "to play" (an instrument for instance) rather than, "to touch" (as in this Duo sentence).


Except for heart (coração) which can actually swing either way: touch my heart, play my heart:




Is "They are not touching us" incorrect for "Eles não tocam em nós"? It wasn't accepted.


Eles/Elas não estão tocando em nós (BR PT: Brazil)
Eles/Elas não estão a tocar em nós (EU PT: Europe, Asia, Africa)


Are you a native Portuguese speaker?


I thought "nós" only had an accent mark if it was the subject pronoun.


Eles não tocam em nos.


I believe nos is a contraction for in the, followed by a plural masculine noun. Nós means us or we.


How do you pronounce tocam em? Sounds like maybe tocão e


when is this used ? can someone give me some context ? like they can't touch us, as a superiority thing ?


It's in literal meaning.


Why not "they don't play with us". Play is suggested for tocar.


Tocar translates to play when it means to play a musical instrument. To play with something or someone is "brincar"


I would say it needs "com" instead of "em" to be "play with us"

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