Re: "cuts up". It has a number of context related meanings. 1. Destroy. 2. Chop into small pieces for an infant or person with chewing difficulties. 3. Overtake dangerously in a motor vehicle. 4. To be "cut up" about something means to be emotional or upset.
Would it be "Ele corta pão" to say "he cuts bread?" Or would you also have to put the "o" article in front of the noun in that situation too? I'm having trouble picking up on any kind of pattern when it comes to putting articles in front of nouns in Portuguese.