https://www.duolingo.com/Jayizzy19

Someone explain Pela

it translates on Duolingo as Peels, but when used in a sentence it changes.

Obrigada pela comida -- thanks for the food.

But i dont understand how peels translates to that.

December 9, 2012

7 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/anomalocaris

It's a homonym. So, it's a conjugation of "pelar," meaning "to peel": "ela pela a fruta" means "she peels the fruit." But in a completely unrelated form, it's a contraction of "por" meaning "for" and "a" meaning "the." It can also be "pelas," "pelo," or "pelos" depending on the gender and number of the object. It's weird that Duolingo's dictionary doesn't list this meaning first--it's much more common. Anyway, hope that helps!

December 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/riclage

An alternative verb that helps avoid confusion is "descascar": "ela descasca a fruta".

December 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/satzwei

They sound differently too (péla vs. pêla). In the past, they were written differently: pellar (related to pelle, skin) and pela (per+lo).

December 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/ida94

I thought about explaining the use of "pelar" but it sounded way too complicated already in my own head so all I want to say: good job anomalocaris, you nailed it!

December 9, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/anomalocaris

Thanks! :)

December 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Jayizzy19

Thank you soo much!! :D

December 10, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/lingua

Thank you. That makes a lot more sense.

December 12, 2012
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