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"O neto envia comida para os avós."

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July 11, 2013

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Couldn't "grandmothers" be acceptable as well?

Is it normal to refer to one's "avô e avó" together as one's "avós"?

July 11, 2013

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If it was grandmothers, it would be "as avós", grandfathers = "os avôs" and grandparents "os avós". When you have a group male+female you use the masculine form, but it was "avós" because of the "o" sound. When a word has a closed O sound, it is usually changed into an open O sound when it is plural.

July 11, 2013

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So that explains the Arnaldo Antunes song

  • Neto e neta são netos, no masculino.
  • Filho e filha são filhos, no masculino.
  • Pai e mãe são pais, no masculino.
  • Avô e avó são avós.
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Good quote ;)

July 11, 2013

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Also, if it's feminine why is it "OS avós"?

July 11, 2013
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