? Particular definitely has a sense in which it can mean "peculiar". In fact, that's what I wondered when duolingo implied that the Portuguese word means both "private" and "particular".
in one translation particular does not include particular as a definition, and only accepts private in this one, private is not accepted. I'm confused.
I see that like this:
- particular, privado, secreto, confidencial= private
- específico, determinado = particular
I see it the same way, eles sao particulares should translate to they are private, not they are particular then.
In this case, "They are particular (about something." They want it a certain way, specific as to details. The idea of "private" has a different spectrum of meanings for this same word.
Another good English translation of that sense of 'particular' would be 'painstaking'
As melhores escolas particulares = The best private schools
Does "Eles são particulares" mean that they are odd, unique, as the spanish adjective "particular"?
Official translation is a bit off. Particular is rarely used adjectivally in English.
According to priberam dictionary possible translations are:
- peculiar; special
- singular; original
- private; reserved
Since particular in English connotes the meaning of "fussy" and "picky", I think it should be considered a false friend.
Duolingo did not accept when I used they are special - but instead suggested they are weird. In my ears special can also mean weird, and it can mean particular.
Unless this means they are private owners as opposed to corporations, the sentence is useless. The translations "Privates" is totally wrong. "They are particular" would be right if the sentence means the are "demanding" or "fussy." Elsewhere the word has been used to mean individual, private person, private owner, so that should be accepted.
My ma used to say "Hark at Miss Particular", when I was being fussy about food or cleanliness, (ie all the time). But that isn't the Portuguese meaning as far as I can tell.
This does not make sense. Nobody would ever say ' they are particular'