By Prof. Claudia
As I was going through my lesson plan for gringoes, I found that there’s just a small part left for plurals (not considering plurals of compound nouns). Therefore I’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’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’s missing piece

The part nas mãos is in the plural form. In case you’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’ll see some words come after an “a” and others after an “o”. In Portuguese, there is still Gender, which we’ll begin to learn after some more verbs. Meanwhile, try to practice what we’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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