Boa noite! We’re sitting at the table. Are we:a) sentados à mesa, or b) sentados na mesa?
Boa tarde! Let’s get nit-picky! What should it be: Falar no telefone OR Falar ao telefone? Sorry… those prepositions have reared their ugly heads!
Tip: em/de/a/por (prepositions) all combine with o(s)/a(s) (the) to make new words: no(s), na(s)/do(s),da(s)/ao(s),à(s)/
pelo(s),pela(s). It is correct to not combine the words (em a, por o …) but you’ll find they usually are, so it’s worth getting used to them as they seem to be a common point of confusion
Boa tarde! Which of these methods of travelling would be best to go from Tomar to Lisbon (about 120km) Vou de Tomar a Lisboa: de autocarro, de carro, a pé, a bicicleta, de comboio, de aviao, a boleia
Tip: ir de carro/autocarro/comboio… but ir a pé/boleia. The little words (de/a) don’t translate exactly, they are like chameleons, they can change their meaning to the situation, so it’s best to learn them as a whole phrase, rather than word for word. One of these things we have to accept when learning a language!
Boa tarde! Which is bigger – a camião or a camionetta?
Tip: andar de = travel by when talking about carro, aurocarro, avião, camião etc. However, this changed to andar a, when taking about pé, boleia, cavalo