Gente in Portuguese

example about gente in portuguese: A gente viu o por do sol no Arpoador.

What’s up y’all! What are we going to talk about today? We are going to learn to use gente in Portuguese. We are going to learn the differences among gente, a gente and nós in Portuguese. A lot of people confuse these forms and so we will now learn how to use them.

Nós in Portuguese

Nós is a personal pronoun used as we. Whenever you mention two or a group of people in which you are included, you use this pronoun. Take a look at the examples:

Nós vamos sair amanhã.
We are going out tomorrow.

Nós corremos todos os dias aqui no Parque da Quinta da Boa Vista.
We run every day here at the Quinta da Boa Vista park.

Nós compramos havaianas nessa loja.
We buy havaianas in this store.

Nós vendemos muitos carros aqui na empresa.
We sell a lot of cars in this company.

A gente in Portuguese

When we use a gente in Portuguese it has the same meaning as nós but we change the conjugation of the verbs. Notice that when we use a gente the verb is conjugated in the third person singular:

A gente vai sair amanhã.
We are going out tomorrow.

A gente corre todos os dias aqui no parque da Quinta da Boa Vista.
We run every day here at the Quinta da Boa Vista park.

A gente compra havaianas nessa loja.
We buy havaianas in this store.

A gente vende muitos carros aqui na empresa.
We sell a lot of cars here in the company.

Gente in Portuguese

We have three different meanings for the word gente in Portuguese without article a. Let’s take a look at each use and understand it through examples:

Gente as a Group of People

We use the word gente to refer to a group of people in a indefinite way, differently from nós and a gente. In this case, the speaker do not participate in the group in question. Take a look at the examples:

Há muita gente que não sabe dançar samba no Rio.
There are a lot of people who can’t dance samba in Rio.

Tem gente nessa sala?
Are there people in this room?

Gente to Attract Attention

We can also use this word as a way to attract attention to a specific situation or ocurrence. Check out the examples:

Gente, a que horas vamos para a festa hoje?
Guys, what time are going to the party today?

Gente! Que absurdo!
Guys! What an absurd!

Gente to Someone Specific

Weirdly, we can also use gente to talk about someone specific. I know, right, it feels confusing! But gente can also be a way to say person in Portuguese. Take a look at the examples below:

Paula é muito gente boa. Todos gostam dela.
Paula is a very nice person. Everybody likes her.

Joana é uma celebridade, mas é gente como a gente!
Joana is a celebrity, but she is a person just like us!

Now it’s your turn!

Now we know the difference between nós and a gente. Let’s complete the sentences with the correct pronoun according to the conjugation of each verb:

  1. _______ sempre está feliz.
  2. _______ estamos estudando português nesta sala.
  3. Ontem, muita _______ falou com o Moisés.
  4. _______ ficamos na praia muito tempo, ficamos bronzeadas.
  5. _______ sempre vê as Vídeo Dicas da Rio & Learn.
  6. No ano que vem, _______ vai viajar para o Rio de Janeiro.
  7. Tem ______ que está estudando português nesta sala.
  8. Por que essa _______ nunca consegue chegar na hora?
  9. _______ já tentamos de tudo, mas a porta não abre.
  10. _______ vai à Feira de São Cristóvão na sexta.

Easy, right? That is it for gente in Portuguese! Did you get surprised by so many meanings and usages that we can have with just this tiny word? Remember, you can always leave your doubts in our comments, and we will gladly answer you!

See you!

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