This isn't weird in Portuguese at all. Sometimes, when you say "I love my mom", it's less significant than "I like my mom so much". It's just an idiomatic thing.
Yep. Maybe it isn't weird in Portuguese, but it sounds rather silly in English. If you like her THAT much, it probably means you LOVE her. "So much" adds an intensity of emotion that doesn't seem to go with a lukewarm feeling like "like". It's as if you want to say you love your mom but don't want to use the word "love" because it doesn't sound "cool" to love your mom.
Interesting. To me as a native English speaker this sentence sounds correct, although it probably isn't used very much. We would say '...very much' or '...a lot'. But my children who have grown up speaking both languages use '...so much' frequently when describing in English their affection for others.
We tend to use it emphatically in this case, don't we? : "I like her soooooo much!"
Ordinarily it's more comparative in meaning, in both languages. My Portuguese-speaking friends tell me to use 'muito' in a sentence like this. Maybe they're of the same opinion as you. 'tanto' probably makes you sound like an over-enthusiastic teenager.
This is the first time I've seen "gostar de" separated by another word. Would "Eu gosto de tanto a minha mãe" also work?
No, it does not work. When you have a word to emphasize gostar de, you have to place it on the middle: eu gosto demais da minha mãe.
Why is it 'da' minha mãe, rather than 'de'? I put 'de' in an earlier exercise (when I had to write it out in Portuguese) and it was accepted.
Da here is the obligatory de for gostar + the article before the possessive, correct?
The point is that the article is not obligatory when it goes along with possessive adjectives.
It is not, at least in Brazil. But in the many other Portuguese speaking places the article is more obligatory for the grammar point.
My point(s) however was that the contraction is obligatory if the article is being used because de is obligatory with gostar. No?
Whats the difference between "muito" and "tanto"? Can these both be used here with the same meaning? Thanks.
Can "tanto" go at the end of a sentence like "Eu gosto da minha mãe tanto"? Or would that sound weird in Portuguese?
Just like "alittle" isn't a word, "alot" isn't a word. You can like something a little or a lot.
"So much" goes at the end of the sentence. It is less commonly used than "a lot" or "very much" in this sentence.
Generally, "so much" introduces a clause: '"I like my mother so much that I bought her a present."
"i like so much my mother" should make it too. Besides, i do not quite understand why learning portuguese on the part of an english speaker requires such rigorous qualification in english. I think the important thing is to make sure the portuguese sentence is well understood, not that the english transalation is made in the most excellent english. I am quite sure an english speaking person will understand "i like so much my mother" the same as a portuguese speaking person would get "Eu gosto tanto da minha mãe". Am i wrong ?
An English speaker should be able to give a natural English translation, and "i like so much my mother" is definitely very unnatural. There's probably a technical reason as well -- they enter a limited number of natural translations to check against, and once again they don't find your suggestion. For any phrase, there are probably 10 times as many unnatural translations as natural ones, and so it would be a lot of very strange work to get the app to accept all these possibilities.
This is variously discussed above, but I chose "I so like my mother" and I think this should be considered correct. It sounds more proper, less colloquial perhaps, and may be a more common construction in British English. To say "I so like..." something or "I very much enjoy..." something, is just as correct as what Americans who would say "I enjoy ___ very much" -- the placement of the "so" or "very much" doesn't at all change the meaning even though "so" seems better matched with "like" and and "very much" better with "enjoy".