Portuguese Tips: Plurals – Part 2

By Prof. Claudia
As I was going through my lesson plan for gringoes, I found that there&rsquot;s just a small part left for plurals (not considering plurals of compound nouns). Therefore I&rsquot;ll finish basic plurals today and go back to verbs next lesson, ok?

Activity 1
Read part of a song, Fico assim sem voc, by Adriana Calcanhoto:

T louca para te ver chegar…..I&rsquot;m crazy to see you coming
T louca para te ter nas mãos…..Crazy to have you in my hands
Deitar no teu abrao…..To lie down in your embrace
Retomar o pedao que falta no meu coraão”..To retake my heart&rsquot;s missing piece

The part nas mãos is in the plural form. In case you&rsquot;ve forgotten, we need to know the word in the singular form to change it into the plural.

Activity 2
Take a look at this table:

Singular – Words Ending Add Plural
ão
e.g. a mão, o botão, o pão
aos, es, es
as mãos, os botes, os pes
s – with the stress in the syllable before the last
e.g. o tnis, o atlas
nothing changes
os tnis, os atlas
s – with the stress in the last syllable
e.g. o francs, o ms
es
os franceses, os meses
n
e.g. o cnon
es
os cnones
x
e.g. o tórax, a nix, a fnix
nothing changes
os tórax, as nix, as fnix


Activity 3
Write sentences using these words:

Mãos
………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Pes
………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Tnis
………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Meses
………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Tórax
………………………………………………………………………………………………………


Activity 4
If you take a closer look at the table again, you&rsquot;ll see some words come after an “a” and others after an “o”. In Portuguese, there is still Gender, which we&rsquot;ll begin to learn after some more verbs. Meanwhile, try to practice what we&rsquot;ve worked so far.


See you next class!
Prof Cludia


To read previous articles by Prof. Claudia click below:
A Brazilian custom: Kissing the Cheek
Portuguese Tips: Regular Verbs – Simple Past
Portuguese Tips: Plurals – Part 1
Portuguese Tips: Regular Verbs – Simple Present
Portuguese Tips
Portuguese Tips: Adverbs in Portuguese
Portuguese Tips: Comparative and Superlative
Foreigners Through Brazilian Eyes

Prof. Claudia is available for private classes in São Paulo. She can be contacted at claudiafmla@uol.com.br

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