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

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN BRAZILIAN PORTUGUESE AND EUROPEAN PORTUGUESE #2

I hope you guys appreciate these new series of posts! I hope I can post one of these each week. Tell me what you think of this idea!

Whilst in Brazil people use the gerund on a regular basis, the same doesn’t happen in Portugal. Instead, European Portuguese uses a preposition followed by the infinitive of a verb. For example, to say “I’m making dinner”, a Brazilian would say “estou fazendo o jantar” (auxiliary verb + gerund + noun) while the European Portuguese would say “estou a fazer o jantar” (auxiliary verb + preposition + verb in the infinitive + noun).

Boa sorte!

April 7, 2019

17 Comments


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

European Portuguese is actually what l really need, so I hope this discussion thread will be an active and useful source.

April 7, 2019

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

Hi there Aage, Are you Dutch? If you are, then I might be a great source for you. You should also take a look at this link https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27031623

April 7, 2019

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

I am Danish-American, and I speak Danish with high fluency. My Dutch proficiency is more reading level, and less conversational. I will have a look at that link later today. Thank you very much for your quick reply!

April 7, 2019

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

Oh, haha, then good luck with your Dutch studies (and of course your Portuguese) I would say! Don't hesitate to ask any questions. (For your information, this series won't quit soon :) )

April 7, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sunset1138

That's a good tip and make all different when you are new in Portuguese! I prefer to speak as a Brazilian because it sounds like English's gerund.

Fazendo Making Comendo Eating Correndo Runing

April 9, 2019

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

Thank you very much for this topic! I started learning Portugese recently but i am constantly corrected by native speakers for whom i sound like Brazil!

April 11, 2019

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

Great graphics! I'd just clarify that the preposition is always "a", and the verb is always "estar" (estar a + main verb in the infinitive) - well, to convey the continuous aspect, at least.

April 9, 2019

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

interesting

April 8, 2019

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

Queeeeeeeeee?

May 12, 2019
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