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Quick question about nouns and contractions.

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Hi, I got the sentence: "Vejo um copo com água nele" in the lesson Preposition Contractions 1. The sentence has two nouns "um copo" and "água", respectively and "nele" as a contraction refers back to "um copo" doesn't it? :) Thanks in advance.

2 weeks ago

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That's right. "Nele = "em ele" and can be translated in several ways including "in/on it/him" giving "I see [a glass] with water in it" as the most obvious interpretation.

It seems some people understand it to mean "I see [a glass of water] in it" where "it" is some previously mentioned container. That's not the first thing that came to my mind, but see Paulenrique's comments in the sentence discussion itself:

https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28720768/Vejo-um-copo-com-água-nele

2 weeks ago

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Obrigado! :)

2 weeks ago
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