Could someone please explain why the verb fazer is used here to mean "I am" and not the verb ser. Thanks
With idiomatic sentences all we can do is to try writing the sentiment the best way we can in our own language. This leads to some oddities like here where "Eu faço" seems to be translated as "I am". Trying to understand idiomatic usage by literal translation is often doomed to failure. Perhaps Brazilians regard the community as a big pie and think "I make (up) part of this pie".
It's just as it is, an idiom. The "making" notion is not present in this sentence.
Faz parte (is part of)
Well... I must point out that the making part is not present in English either! It's also an idiom, one which duolingo should acknowledge as correct.
I translated it as "I take part in this community." Wouldn't "sou" be more appropriate for "i am part of" ?
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Yes. We use "fazer parte de". (Make part of, lit). It's a question of usages. Each language has some oddities, hehe, and we normally say "faço parte de" for "im part of". We cant take everything literally
Participar de also works :), tomar parte de doesnt work. That would mean different things...
I said "I make up part of the community" but I see that didn't work either :-/
Well, "desta" means "of this" (not "of the") so that could be one reason it didn't work.
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Nope, I wrote "I make up part of THIS community" and it wasn't accepted. :( I guess it's the literal translation of the sentence (trying to incorporate the word "fazer"), but the other translations are more idiomatic. :)
I mistunderstood the meaning of 'parte' and translated "I do leave this community".
Anyway, how do you say "I do leave this community" if "Eu faço parte desta comunidade." is meant for "I am part of this community"?
Eu (sim/realmente) saio desta comunidade / eu (sim/realmente) deixo esta comunidade / eu (sim/realmente) parto desta comunidade.
@mk0, if "parte" was meant as a verb (not necessarily on this phrase but in any other), it would be conjugated for the 1st person of the singular, so it would be "eu parto".
For "você/ele/ela" it's a bit more complicated, because "você parte/ele parte/ela parte" is the correct conjugation. But in this case "faço" is the one acting like a verb so "parte" has to be the noun. You can put two verbs in a row in a Portuguese sentence, but the second verb will have to be in the infinitive form (ex: "eu faço partir" - "I make it leave" or "I make it break").