"Eu preciso de orientação."

Translation:I need guidance.

October 13, 2013

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Shouldn't "I need direction" work as well?


you can use "eu preciso de orientação" in a more symbolic way, as in "guidance in life, how to deal with a problem, etc."

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    I think so. If you say "I need direction", it generally means you are looking for some indication as to what to do in a task, or that maybe you need help with a decision.

    I need directions, is more that you are asking your way.

    I need direction is accepted.


    I need directions was accepted


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    "Eu preciso de orientação" indicates that the person has no clue what so ever. Totally lost. "Eu preciso de uma orientação." You have a clue you just dont know the next step. You need a little help. Most men would use this version just so people wouldn't think they are clueless!!! Hahahaha


    What is the difference in meaning between "eu preciso de orientacao" and "eu preciso de uma orientacao"? I've given the same answer for both "I need directions" and got it right.


    Actually, they mean the same thing, but some people may say that "uma orientação" is more specific, as in "a piece of..."


    I need an orientation should be OK

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      Don't think so. I think there's enough difference between :-

      • I need an orientation
      • I need orientation

      That adding the indefinite article in English changes the meaning.

      Orientation carries 2 or 3 meanings in English, I think the second of my examples asks for guidance, or direction. The first, well I'm not sure, but it I think it carries more a sense of I want a presentation of some subject, without necessarily carrying the sense of guidance.



      So, can I use this on the street when asking for directions? Could this, perhaps, be used in other contexts, too? Like when just asking for help with something?


      If you are on the street, you could say simply "Eu preciso de ajuda para..." I don't think "Eu preciso de orientação" is a common sentence...

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