"O gato bebe seu leite."

Translation:The cat drinks its milk.

December 30, 2012



Why isn't "the cat drinks his milk" also an appropriate translation?

January 5, 2013


It is appropriate. Dont worry.

February 27, 2013


"The cat drinks his milk" should be an acceptable translation. Many speakers of English use gender designations for animals and since the cat is male (o gato) this should be a viable translation.

January 16, 2013


i totally agree with you.

February 3, 2013


It needs to be made clear what the translation is. The "o" is often included before the "seu" and makes this sentence mean "its milk", but here it is also a possible answer without the "o".

December 30, 2012


Just to be clear (and hopefully clear up some of the confusion around this), the "o" does not direct the pronoun meaning of the sentence and using the articles before possessive adjectives and possessive pronouns (ex: a minha [mae], o meu [pai]) is always appropriate in any kind of Portuguese (including the Brazilian sort). And, in fact, in Portuguese outside of Brazil (Europe, Asia, Africa which together get referred to as "EU PT") it is pretty much the only way, except with single family members (as in the examples above) where it is okay (but still optional) to drop the article when the noun is present.

However, in Brazil (in some parts more than some of the others) the articles are largely optional with the possessive adjectives such as, my car, his house = o meu carro/meu carro, a sua casa/sua casa. But, not so optional with the possessive pronouns – ex: mine, yours, hers, his, theirs = o meu/a minha, o seu/a sua, etc), and the article is always necessary with the construct such as, o carro dela (literally, the car of hers).

In any case, YOU (we) can always use it (to avoid the confusion on when to use it) and YOU (we) should never be wrong on Duo for using it, except when it needs to be reported for Duo not accepting the article (usually it is in the more advanced exercises where this has been an issue).

November 2, 2018


The cat drinks your milk. Worked for me. Is it incorrect?

April 13, 2015


I did the same thing and it was correct. The comments show that seu in this case my translate better to "its" or 'his/her". I thought Seu and Teu were both for "your".

February 22, 2016


"the cat drinks his milk" I don't see why that is wrong

January 9, 2013


oh, now I see the difference : o seu leite! Thanks!

January 9, 2013


It should also be acceptable translate this as "the cat drinks her milk"

January 7, 2015


You are correct.

Then it would be, "A gata" instead of, "O gato" in the sentence if the cat is drinking milk that belongs to the cat. Unless the male cat is drinking the milk belonging to a female (perhaps the owner's milk). But that is a much more complicated idea.

Seu is not masculine in the sense of who it refers to but rather to the noun it attaches to (in this case the masculine leite) so, o seu leite can mean, his milk, her milk, their milk, your milk, its milk; whereas teu leite means only, your milk, and o leite dele (the milk of his) means only, his milk, while o leite dela means, her milk, and o leite deles/delas means, their milk. But I believe all that comes in a later lesson on DL than this sentence is at.

February 21, 2017


im having trouble understanding the difference between seu and teu please help

January 29, 2015


'teu' is familiar, 'seu' is formal (or 3rd person). But the familiar isn't used much in Brazil, so seu is much more common

February 5, 2015


oh alright well thanks man, i really want to learn more brasilian portugues than european

February 5, 2015


To update the ealier comments: I encountered this sentence in multiple-choices question. The two correct answers were: "The cat drinks his milk." and "The cat is having your milk."

Looks like Duolingo fixed this problem.

March 15, 2013


How do we know it is its and not your?

October 14, 2018


"Your" is also right here.

October 14, 2018


How do you know if the cats drinking your milk or it's own milk?? Surely that's an important distinction to make!

March 21, 2019


"o gato bebe o leite dele" is a good way to tell them apart.

March 23, 2019
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