So how would you say "He refused to be my father?" As in refusing the responsibility?
I have not looked at PT in a long time so getting back into the swing of things. Can someone tell me why we use the infinitive "Ser" alone here and not a participle or something? Is negar ser its own verb?
Negar is a verb and the infinitive (in this case, "ser") often translates as a gerund in English.
"Aprender" uma idioma exige paciência.
"Learning" a language demands....
Sorry I think I was having a dense moment. I was thinking with my English head that this is a continuous construction but clearly in Portuguese it is simple past and that's just the way it is.