"Qual é o seu sobrenome?"

Translation:What is your last name?

September 27, 2013



Why does the 'o' have to be there? Is that just how it is in the language? Would it be completely wrong to say 'Qual é seu sobrenome'?

September 27, 2013


It's optional and I don't believe your sentence is wrong. I hope this discussion backs me up: http://www.duolingo.com/comment/64947.

September 27, 2013


I think that you can say it without the o, but it might be more proper with. The o is there to emphasis the masculine seu

March 29, 2015


No, 'o' in 'o seu' always refers to the noun, here 'nome'. It does not depend on who you ask at all.

December 31, 2018


Cultural note In Brazil and Portugal, the surname has very little importance. People are known by their first and middle names. Most people have four names, a first name, a middle name, a surname inherited from their father and one from their mother. And the first and middle names are the ones people refer to you as. E.g. Cristiano Ronaldo's full name is Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, and Ronaldo is his middle name.

October 23, 2016


why is "which" wrong?!

December 23, 2013


technically I would say it is not, but I think the best translation is "what." "Which" implies the person asking the question is giving you options to choose from.

March 15, 2014


why is it seu and not teu?

February 29, 2016


Both of them are correct.

October 23, 2016


Can 'que' be used too?

December 9, 2013


I tried "o que" in the past and it was marked wrong don't know why though.

January 24, 2014


I didnt understand your question. But if you tried "o que é o seu nome?" it sounds something like "what your name is?", not as Yoda speaking but more like a child who dont know what your name mean. I dont know how to explain why, but that's it.

February 2, 2014


I meant it like this- "Seu sobrenome é o que?" But I think this follows the same rule as 'nome', which is mostly used with 'qual'.

February 3, 2014


What does sobre mean? I know what nome means and i know that sobremesa is dessert right? Is sobre related to sabir? Just trying to dissect the word. It helps me.

April 9, 2014


The English word "surname" comes from the French word "sur" (above/over) + "name". The Portuguese translation of "sur" is "sobre", hence "sobrenome".

April 9, 2014


Ex; (sobre) Em cima, em cima de, na parte superior de, por cima de: Sobre a mesa havia alguns objetos. Numa posição superior e distante: Aviões voavam sobre a cidade. Acima de, numa situação dominante ou influente: sobre a superfície. Ao encontro de, contra:

October 30, 2014


Seems easy to confuse who is being asked about if seu applies to your/his/hers . Could I say "Qual é o sobrenome dele?" for clarity?

March 13, 2018


Yes. Then, the only meaning is "dele".

March 13, 2018


Can i say "Que é o seu sobrenome?"

June 16, 2019
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