Portuguese Negation

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Portuguese Negation

Learning the Portuguese Negation displayed below is vital to the language. Portuguese negation is the process that turns an affirmative statement (I am happy) into its opposite denial (I am not happy).

Grammar Tips:

In Portuguese, negation can be made simply by placing "No" before the main verb. But sometimes a double negative is required. "No" is the most common negative.

Não posso fazê-lo (I can't do this). 

Não tenho nada que fazer (they don't have anything to do – Double Negative). 

Não gosto (I don't like it)

Here are some examples:

English NegationPortuguese Negation
he is not hereEle não está aqui
that is not my bookesse não é o meu livro
do not enternão entre

Notice the structure of the Negation in Portuguese.

List of Negation in Portuguese

Below is a list of the Negation and negative expressions in Portuguese placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Portuguese vocabulary.

English NegationPortuguese Negation
I don't speaknão falo
I don't writenão escrevo
I don't drivenão dirijo
I don't lovenão amo
I don't givenão dou
I don't smilenão sorrio
I don't takenão levo
he doesn't speakele não fala
he doesn't writeele não escreve
he doesn't driveele não dirige
he doesn't loveele não ama
he doesn't givenão dá
he doesn't smileEle não sorri
he doesn't takeele não leva
we don't speaknão falamos
we don't writenão escrevemos
we don't drivenão dirigimos
we don't lovenão amamos
we don't givenão damos
we don't smilenão sorrimos
we don't takenão levamos

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