"Esta menina mora conosco desde que ela nasceu."

Translation:This girl has lived with us since she was born.

May 11, 2013

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Why is the present "mora" used here?


Sometimes we translate "present perfect" as simple present in Portuguese. "I've worked here since last year" (trabalho / tenho trabalhado aqui desde o ano passado)


so if the action started in the past and continues till now, we use present in portuguese, plus desde que?


Yes. Trabalho aqui desde 2006 is acceptable


Two questions here: Firstly, which would you say is more common/fluid in Brazil when using the present perfect, simple present or 'tenho + past participle'? Second, in the situation that 'desde' is not used and instead 'for x amount of days/years/etc.' would the common/fluid way to say it be "Eu moro aqui ha vinte anos" ("I have lived here for twenty years") ??

Thanks in advance


Why is "ever since she was born" not acceptable?


I'd report that. The English is idiomatic, which may be why Duo hasn't added it to their bank of acceptable answers yet. The "ever" does not really add anything to the meaning. I mean, either you have lived with someone since you were born, or you haven't. But still, it should be accepted. :)


is " ...since her birth" also acceptable? Or is it really "...since she was born?"


Since her birth = desde seu nascimento / since she was born = desde que ela nasceu


So if my translation was: "Esta menina morou conosco desde que ela nasceu", would it be acceptable?


I think using the past perfect here would mean that she no longer lives with you.

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