"We need heating in winter."
Translation:Nós precisamos de aquecimento no inverno.
I think it's a quirk of Portuguese in general, to have the definite article before nouns (or maybe just proper nouns) l. So you have things like "os sapatos dele", etc. Sometimes Duo lets me off if I leave the articles out, and sometimes it says "you need the article 'o' here". I tend to include it, simply to avoid losing hearts
Anytime you talk about something "in general" in Romance languages, you have to use the definite article. For example, "Boys are smart" would actually be "The boys are smart" in every Romance language, including Portuguese. When coming across nouns, ask yourself "Is this used in a general sense?" If so, use the proper definite article (o/a/os/as). In this example, "in winter" is general, it doesn't specify "this winter" "that winter" or "a winter", so you have to use the definite article with it. I hope you guys understand and Bons estudos! :)
And what about calor? As in, Nós precisamos de calor no inverno (we need heat in winter)?
Is aquecimento an adverb, or is that only for word endings of "-mente"?
What is aquecendo?
BTW, this time DL told me this time the correct answer for this exercise is, Nós precisamos aquecimento durante inverno.
Surprisingly, no "de" nor "no" in that answer.
1) well, the correct is "precisamos DE aqeucimento". DL is wrong.
2) Aquecimento is a noun. "Calor" would also work here, but "aquecimento" usually implies in a source of heat, as a fireplace or something else.
3) The heat = o calor. Global warming = aquecimento global
4) Aquecendo = verb in gerund (to make something get warm/hot): - Estou aquecendo (esquentando) o leite. - Ela está aquecendo o bebê (but not in the fire, pls =P)
Thank you! This helps a lot (somente).
English has the peculiarity of having "heat" and "heating" (a gerund) as nouns mean basically the same thing. I will turn on the heat/heating (or even heater; which could mean gas heat, electric heat, radiator/water heat or portable heater, a boiler, or stove which is usually wood or pellet). There is also the heat from the cooking range/oven/stove as in put on/take off the heat. It is funny how little we think of these words we use everyday until we start trying to learn new words. :)
In fact there are actually several other meanings for heat such as pressure (we put the heat on him to answer now), spicy (the Thai food had a lot of heat), a pinnacle of emotion (in the heat of anger), a round in track field (we were eliminated in the first heat), the authorities (he is wanted by the heat), and animals also go into heat.
Now I am more excited to learn all the different Portuguese words for all the different meanings of heat. :)
If I come across the exercise again I will try to recreate the Nós precisamos aquecimento durante inverno problem so I can report it, now that I know for sure it is not correct. :)