what does that curve over the a mean? i keep forgetting it because i don't know when to put it
That "til" shows the letter a has a nasal sound. You also use that over "o" to show it also has a nasal sound
thanks i knew about with the o, but amanha confused me, because the accent is on the last, so i thought the accent should be egu (the french one) i forgot how to spell it.
In Spanish and Portuguese (possibly other romance languages, those are the only two I know), you negate the verb by placing the word for "not" in front of it; in this case, you put não in front of é to negate "is" so that it becomes "is not."
every time i have to write feira for a day of the week it marks it as wrong and i loose a heart...
Is it because you write "quinta feira" and not "quinta-feira"? Duolingo wants the hyphen in these cases.
Yes. If you just write "quinta feira" it means "fifth fair/market". "Esta foi a quinta feira de carros antigos" = "That was the fifth old cars fair"
I thought days of week needed always articles like "a segunda-feira, a quarta-feira, o sábado, o domingo, etc"... Because it's needed when saying "on Mondays (nA segunda-feira)", isn't it?
So shouldn't this sentence be like "Amanhã não é a quinta-feira."?!
it's rare, only if it is too specific. But we don't add the article in this example.
And, can I say "em segunda-feira, em sábado, em domingo" instead of "na segunda-feira, ...."?! Or in this case is always needed articles? This is a little bit confusing for me. Thanks for responding.
you can use that if you're talking about routines.
- em segundas vou ao médico
even though, a more common way then is using the article
- nas segundas vou ao médico
So, when you have "em", the use of articles is preferable.
DuoLingo is using standard English. Proper written English avoids contractions. So when DuoLingo sees 's, it thinks it means possssion. it doesn't recognize that 's can be used as a contraction for 'is' in informal spoken English. Use standard written English, and you'll have less trouble with DL.