The sofa is new?
should be allowed.
It is a correct sentence in English, perhaps conveying a tone of surprise combined with the basic question.
I wrote: "The sofa is new?" And got it wrong
Should it not be 'a sofá'? I thought sofá was feminine because it ends in 'a'.
sofá is a masculine word... some masculine words end in A in Portuguese.
Aha, rules are made to be broken huh :)
D'oh! Just when I thought I cracked it! So it's just a case of remembering thousands of words on whether it is mascluline or feminine- there isn't a specific rule to follow with the 'O' & 'A' ?
Not exactly. When you have an accen on the final "a" (á), it is usually masculine. But for the words that end in "ão", then you need to memorize them...
I wrote "Is it the new sofa?" , but as expected , it has been ruled out.
Expected answer was "The sofa is new?"
But does not sound like a question, looks to be different than English.