Countries with articles in Portuguese

Ejemplo de país con artículo en portugués, Brasil: O Brasil é um país muito grande.

What’s cracking, friends? Do you know which countries need an article in Portuguese? Let’s learn in today’s Dica!

Which countries need articles in Portuguese?

In Portuguese, we use definite articles before the names of countries. But the thing is, how can we know if the name of a country is masculine or feminine in order to use the correct article? Well, you need to study and become familiar with them. Let’s see a list with some examples of countries preceded by articles:

Countries with definite articles

Here are some examples of names of countries that are feminine, in the first column, and masculine in the second column:

A Argentina – (Argentina) O Afeganistão – (Afghanistan)
A Colômbia – (Colombia) O Irã – (Iran)
A Inglaterra – (England) O Brasil – (Brazil)
A China – (China) O Chile – (Chile)
A França – (France) O Japão – (Japan)
A Itália – (Italy) O Peru – (Peru)
A Alemanha – (Germany) Os Estados Unidos – (United States)
A Espanha – (Spain) O México – (Mexico)
A Rússia – (Russia) O Canadá – (Canada)
A Noruega – (Norway)
O Panamá – (Panama)
A Suécia – (Sweden)
O Congo – (Congo)

There are, however, some exceptions. In Portuguese, some countries do not use the definite article. Let’s see:

Countries without definite articles

The names of the countries you’ll learn below are considered to be neutral words, that means that we don’t use articles to talk about it.

Marrocos Morocco
Portugal Portugal
Israel Israel
Cuba Cuba
Angola Angola
Bahamas Bahamas
Cingapura Singapore
Madagascar Madagascar
Honduras Honduras

Want to talk about a country, but you don’t know it in Portuguese? Check out our Dica about countries in Portuguese, we have a loooooong list there with many many countries. 

Now that we have seen the rules, let’s look at some examples with countries that use articles in Portuguese, as well as ones without:

Examples

Eu sou do Brasil.
I am from Brazil.

João é do Chile.
João is from Chile.

Marina é de Angola.
Marina is from Angola.

O bacalhau é uma comida típica de Portugal.
Salted cod is a typical dish from Portugal.

Vocês são do Canadá?
Are you from Canada?

Este senhor é da Inglaterra, mas mora em Cingapura.
This gentleman is from England, but lives in Singapore.

Eu não estou no Brasil. Estou em Cuba.
I am not in Brazil. I am in Cuba.

Eles não estão em Israel.
They are not in Israel.

Magda está em Marrocos.
Magda is in Morocco.

José e Mauro estão no Irã.
José and Mauro are in Iran.

Quem nasce na Alemanha é alemão.
He who was born in Germany is German.

Want to learn more about countries in Portuguese and practice what you’ve learned today? Check out this video and play this game with us! 

Now it’s your turn!

Complete the sentences telling us if the countries need article or not. And don’t forget to put the correct article in if the name of the country needs one.

  1. _____ Portugal é um país muito lindo.
  2. _____ Brasil é conhecido principalmente pelo futebol e pelo samba.
  3. _____ França parece ser incrível. Queria ir para Paris.
  4. _____ Espanha tem comidas incríveis.
  5. Quer comer massa boa? Vá para _____ Itália.
  6. Ouvimos falar tão bem da comida peruana que estamos morrendo de vontade de viajar para _____ Peru.
  7. Quer sentir frio? Você pode ir visitar _____ Rússia ou _____ Canadá no inverno.
  8. Ela sabe falar hebraico, então vai viajar para _____  Israel nas férias.
  9. Minha amiga viajou para _____ Marrocos ano passado.
  10. O que você sabe sobre _____ Honduras?

Perfect! Which is your country? Do we use the definite article when we write it?
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Answers

  1. _____ Portugal é um país muito lindo.
  2. O Brasil é conhecido principalmente pelo futebol e pelo samba.
  3. A França parece ser incrível. Queria ir para Paris.
  4. A Espanha tem comidas incríveis.
  5. Quer comer massa boa? Vá para A Itália.
  6. Ouvimos falar tão bem da comida peruana que estamos morrendo de vontade de viajar para o Peru.
  7. Quer sentir frio? Você pode ir visitar a Rússia ou o Canadá no inverno.
  8. Ela sabe falar hebraico, então vai viajar para _____  Israel nas férias.
  9. Minha amiga viajou para _____ Marrocos ano passado.
  10. O que você sabe sobre _____ Honduras?

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