Portuguese Articles

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Portuguese Articles

Learning the Portuguese Articles displayed below is vital to the language. Portuguese articles are words that combine with a noun to indicate the type of reference being made by the noun. Generally articles specify the grammatical definiteness of the noun. Examples are "the, a, and an".

Grammar Tips:

Definite Article:

Unlike English, which has only one definite article “the", Portuguese has 4 definite articles:

O (masculine singular), O livro (the book)

A (masculine singular) A casa (the house)

Os (masculine plural) Os livros (the books)

As (feminine plural) As casas (the houses)

 

Indefinite Article:

While we have (a / an / some) in English as indefinite articles, we also have um/ uma. uns/ umas in Portuguese .

In general, whenever (a, an) are used in English you, you need to use (un) or (una) to say the equivalent in Portuguese.

Um (masculine singular), um livro (a book)

Uma (masculine singular) uma casa (a house)

Uns (masculine plural) uns livros (some books)

Umas (feminine plural) umas casas (some houses)

Example: Os livros que tenho estão em casa de um amigo (The books I have are in a house of a friend)


Here are some examples:

English ArticlesPortuguese Articles
articlesartigos
theo
aum
oneum
somealguns
fewpoucos
the booko livro
the booksos livros
a bookum livro
one bookum livro
some booksalguns livros
few bookspoucos livros

Notice the structure of the Articles in Portuguese.

List of Articles in Portuguese

Below is a list of vocabulary where you can use the Definite and Indefinite Articles in Portuguese. Try to practice but also memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Portuguese vocabulary.

English VocabularyPortuguese Vocabulary
Foodcomida
almondsamêndoas
breadpão
breakfastcafé da manhã
buttermanteiga
candybala
cheesequeijo
chickenfrango
cumincominho
dessertsobremesa
dinnerjantar
fishpeixe
fruitfruta
ice creamsorvete
lambcordeiro
lemonlimão siciliano
lunchalmoço
mealrefeição
meatcarne
ovenforno
pepperpimenta
plantsplantas
porkcarne de porco
saladsalada
saltsal
sandwichsanduíche
sausagelinguíça
soupsopa
sugaraçúcar
supperceia, jantar
turkeyperu
applemaçã
bananabanana
orangeslaranjas
peachespêssegos
peanutamendoim
pearsperas
pineappleabacaxi
grapesuvas
strawberriesmorangos
vegetableslegumes
carrotcenoura
cornmilho
cucumberpepino
garlicalho
lettucealface
olivesazeitonas
onionscebolas
pepperspimentões
potatoesbatatas
pumpkinabóbora
beansfeijões
tomatoestomates

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