"O gato preto"

Translation:The black cat

April 2, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ilbambino

What's the difference between "negro" and "preto"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Danmoller

When talking about people, always use negro, if you use preto it will sound offensive.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paulenrique

Just check this out. Hope that helps: http://duolingo.com/#/comment/69864


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pery.freitas

No practical difference... I'd only say that "negro" relates to "preto" like "niveous" is related to "white"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jsmoir

I've never- and I mean NEVER heard the term, 'niveous' in English. Amazing quirks in every language, I guess...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamwithtoast

Okay let me try to understand: For things and animals it's okay to use preto/preta AND negro/negra? Or can things/animals only be described with preto/preta? And for people NEVER use preto/preta and always use negro/negra? Is this correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Paulenrique

in general that's it. stick with this and you won't have problems.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamwithtoast

Awesome I got it now! Thanks :-)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jamwithtoast

Actually can you explain the word "pardo" and how that would be used to describe someone's skin in a sentence? Is it just a negative word in Brazil or does that depend on tone?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PHScanes

Pardo is a mixed white-black person, with a darker skin... it's impossible to fix a standard... each person define it by yourself...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/lgriffith89

if i wanted to say dark red, or dark blue how would i say that?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GlennaSol

vermelho escuro, azul escuro


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mvek.net

What is the difference between preto and negro?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LiskaDvacetdva

Since many original comments are deleted, please, can anyone specify the difference between "negro", "preto" and "escuro"? I understand it like this, please correct me, if I'm wrong. "My shirt is black" (color black) = "Minha camisa é preto" "My shirt is dark" (like dark red or dark blue or dark gray, exact color not specified etc.) = "Minha camisa é preto/negro" "My shirt is dark blue" = "Minha camisa é azul escuro" "My shirt is dark" (like metaphore for "I am on the dark side) = "Minha camisa é negro" "My shirt is dark" (like metaphore for hiding in shadows, being shadowy person, having "shirt from shadows") = "Minha camisa é escuro"? The use with people's skin colours was already discussed, please DO NOT post in answer anything on this matter. Thanks!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alkajugl

What is the difference between negro and preto? Are they the same or is there some shade of difference?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/alkajugl

This is my question also. Hopefully some Brazilian wil answer us.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gary543016

O gato negro should work I would think.

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