"Eu preciso pôr as roupas na mala."

Translation:I need to put the clothes in the suitcase.

June 16, 2014



Why doesn't Duo accept "case" as well as "suitcase". In British English we more commonly use "case" for "suitcase".

September 13, 2014


There should be a conjugation button for pôr considering it is an irregular verb.

July 20, 2014


I suggest you use wikitionary for conjugation and also etymology, i use it for all the languages I'm learning, it's great

March 4, 2015


Can't I say " I need to put on the clothes in the suitcase? "

August 28, 2014


no, that sounds like you would get dressed in the suitcase

February 26, 2015


To an English speaker that sounds natural, simply that she needs to put on the clothes (that are) in the suitcase.

September 15, 2015


Well I'm a native English speaker and it doesn't sound at all natural to me

April 13, 2017


I put this as my answer too and got it wrong. Can anyone comment on how I'd say in portuguese that I need to put on the clothes that are in the suitcase? Here one of the translations of "por" is put on which is why I thought it meant to put on the clothes, but here it's closer to colocar. How would I tell the difference?

August 25, 2015


"To put on" is not the same as other usages of "to put":

  • to put on = to dress = to clothe = vestir
  • to put = to place = pôr = colocar = botar
September 15, 2015


And yet, another sentence in this Infinitive Verbs module is, Ela quer pôr a saia (She wants to put the skirt on):


January 4, 2018


indeed, I was wondering about this too. Is this simply because of context?

December 25, 2018


So "Eu preciso vestir as roupas na mala" would be "I need to put on the clothes [that are] in the suitcase?

September 15, 2015



September 15, 2015


More idiomatically, in English we would say "I need to pack."

May 29, 2016


Preciso arrumar as malas.

December 2, 2018


What is the difference between colocar and pôr?

June 16, 2014


They are exactly the same. But most of people use colocar instead of pôr since it is easier to conjugate! =)

June 16, 2014


Also the verb pôr sounds exactly the same as the preposition por, which is quite annoying sometimes

March 4, 2015


sorry, but they sound different... /pOr/ (pôr) e /pUr/ (por)..

November 2, 2015


Well... The preposition 'por' can have both pronunciations to be fair, so in a way, both of us are right... And I am brazilian btw

November 3, 2015


The formal pronunciation of 'por' is the same as 'pôr', but we tend to pronounce the O as and U in informal speech, so yeah, in informal speech they might sound different, but one might pronounce both words with the O sound

November 3, 2015


But "case" can also mean "situation" or "type/size of letter". So in this case use UPPER case.

April 13, 2017


case (situation) = caso

case (letter) = letra

  • upper case = letra maiúscula
  • lower case = letra minúscula
April 13, 2017


Oh! I learned these as something else. Caixa alta e caixa baixa which were named after the typesetting that used to be done for printing. The letters had to be set by hand and each type (as well as font, and point size) was stored in a case (or for Portuguese, a box aka, caixa which sounds more like case than box...).


Turns out the English also uses the Latin derivatives: majuscule and minuscule (which comes from minus aka menos in PT), from before letters being put in boxes (pre-printing).


October 29, 2017


Yes, at work people used "caixa alta" and "caixa baixa". Maybe it is used in work environments, at least those which use languages? =)

October 30, 2017


Maybe. Though it seems in English at least I have always known them as upper case and lower case which makes some sense since it comes from the invention of the printing press with moveable type (which I was just reading about) is from 500 years ago now (just recently):


And the typewriter (which led to our modern computer keyboards) eventually had upper and lower case keys:


But in reality, letters are called capitals (also, caps and big letters) and little letters most of the time:


At school (learning to write), in graphics and printing, and no doubt journalism and translation are where these terms would dominate. Moveable type though is a thing of the past (as is almost everything else). There is a Peace Monument at the North/South Ledra Street border in Cyprus that uses large moveable type as its focus (no longer any other need for it).

Interestingly, capital (the word) is related to capitão (which originally came from caput for head), as the land given to the captain of the ship who discovered new territory (at least in Brazil) would often become the Capital City for the area. Some incentive.

November 5, 2017


English is heavily influenced by Latin. Grammar, vocabulary (a lot borrowed by le Français, no less) sentence formation. All that despite being a Germanic language. That's why I call it the "oddball" of its family.

July 2, 2018


I put 'case' instead of 'suitcase' and was marked wrong. In English the two words are interchangeable in this context

February 11, 2019


In English 'suitcase' tends to be old fashioned, more common use today is simply 'case'.

July 1, 2019


English is a big language spanning the globe and I've been to many of those places, with my suitcase and never heard it referred to as simply, case (which actually is a big category hence why we specify what kind of case which might be covered by different words in PT as is the case... with upper and lower case).


July 2, 2019
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