Articles In Portuguese – Definite And Indefinite

In this lesson we will talk about the articles in Portuguese; definite and indefinite. with brief explanation.

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Definite Articles in Portuguese

When to use the definite article

There are four definite articles in Portuguese: o, a, os, as and they are the equivalent of the English “the“, they are used to designate a specific noun (that we know or heard about before), and they must agree in gender and number.

MasculineFeminine
Singularoa
Pluralosas

Example

The book – o livro

The books – os livros

The flower – a flor

The flowers – as flores

Contractions of the definite articles

This list provides the contractions between the definite articles and the prepositions (em, de, a , por):

oaosas
emnonanosnas
dedodadosdas
aaoàaosàs
porpelopelapelospelas

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Indefinite Articles in Portuguese

When to use the indefinite article

There are four indefinite articles in Portuguese: um, uns, uma, umas and they are the equivalent of the English “a, an, some“, they are used to designate a non-specific noun, and they must agree in gender and number.

MasculineFeminine
Singularumuma
Pluralunsumas

Contractions of the definite articles

This list provides the contractions between the definite articles and the prepositions (em, de):

umumaunsumas
emnumnumanunsnumas
dedumdumadunsdumas
The Definite and Indefinite articles in Portuguese visual

Happy learning!

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