Negative Sentences in Portuguese

Ejemplo de Frases Negativas en Portugués: Eles não são Brasileiros.

What’s up guys, how are you? In our Dica today, we are going to discuss negative sentences in Portuguese. Negative sentences are one of the three types of sentences we have in Portuguese: affirmative, negative and interrogative. If you want to read more about this and Portuguese sentence structure, we have Dicas for all these subjects.

Examples of Negative Sentences in Portuguese

In Portuguese, you have to remember that the word não always comes before a verb when making a negative sentence. Take a look at the examples below:

Eu não sou brasileiro.
I am not Brazilian.

Ela não é americana.
She is not American.

Eles não vão viajar no fim de semana.
They are not going to travel this weekend.

Eu não quero comprar nada nesta loja.
I don’t want to buy anything in this store.

Nós não vemos nada. Está nublado.
We can’t see anything. It’s cloudy.

Nós ainda não visitamos o Pão de Açúcar.
We haven’t visited Pão de Açúcar yet.

Não iremos para São Paulo este ano.
We won’t go to São Paulo this year.

Não gosto de acarajé.
don’t like acarajé.

Não sei se ele visitou o Museu do Amanhã.
I don’t know if he visited the Museu do Amanhã.

Não aguento o calor do Rio de Janeiro.
I can’t stand the heat in Rio de Janeiro.

Negative Sentences with Indefinite Pronouns

four women having lunch together while they learn portuguese. example of indefinite pronoun in portuguese plus negative sentences: não, ninguém ficou com fome depois do almoço.

That’s of course not the only way of making negative sentences in Portuguese. We can also use indefinite pronouns like algum, alguma, nenhuma, nenhum, ninguém.

Coisa alguma.
Nothing.

De modo algum.
By no means.

Lugar algum.
Nowhere.

Nenhuma pista.
No clue.

Ninguém merece.
No one deserves it.

Double Negative

Sometimes negative sentences contain a so-called “double negative,” which is used to emphasize the negative aspect of the sentence. It’s common to find nada (literally “nothing”) being used in conjunction with não, which is an adverb of denial itself. In Portuguese this is totally acceptable and common!

Eu não como nada.
I don’t eat anything.

Eu não gosto de nada.
I don’t like anything.

Eu não conheço ninguém.
I don’t know anyone.

Ele não bebeu nenhuma caipirinha.
He didn’t drink any caipirinha.

Não tenho amigo algum.
I don’t have any friends.

Now It’s Your Turn!

1) Indicate which of the following phrases are Double Negatives and which are Simple Negatives:

  • Não vi ninguém esperando por mim na rodoviária.
  • Nunca encontrei alguém com o mesmo nome que eu.
  • Não fiz nada de errado para estar sendo castigado.
  • Não quero ir à festa hoje!
  • Não, eu não vou te ajudar com o dever de casa.
  • Não pedi nada a você, porque não quero sua ajuda.
  • Nunca vi alguém que estuda Português online como você!
  • Imagina, não foi nada!

2) Change the Affirmative sentences into Negatives or Double Negative sentences:

  • Ela está no shopping.
    A: ______________________________________________
  • Eu gosto de paçoca.
    A: ______________________________________________
  • Eu preciso comprar tudo para casa.
    A: ______________________________________________
  • Eles querem ir para Belo Horizonte.
    A: ______________________________________________
  • Eu entendi a lição.
    A: ______________________________________________
  • Você come tudo.
    A: ______________________________________________
  • Nós vamos à praia mais tarde.
    A: ______________________________________________
  • Eles estudam na Rio & Learn.
    A: ______________________________________________

That’s it, guys! You now know how to form negative sentences in Portuguese. Shall we practice with this and build our own sentences? Stay updated with Rio & Learn through Twitter or Facebook! We’ll be waiting for you in our next Dica!

Big hug to you all!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Affirmative Sentences in Portuguese
Types of Sentences in Portuguese
Deixar de in Portuguese
Foda in Portuguese

Answers

1)

  • Double Negative
  • Negative.
  • Double Negative.
  • Negative.
  • Double Negative.
  • Double Negative.
  • Negative.
  • Double Negative.

2)

  • Ela não está no shopping.
  • Eu não gosto de paçoca.
  • Eu não preciso comprar nada para casa.
  • Eles não querem ir para Belo Horizonte.
  • Eu não entendi a lição.
  • Você não come nada.
  • Nós não vamos à praia mais tarde.
  • Eles não estudam na Rio & Learn.

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