Plural of the Words Ending in ÃO

Ejemplo de plural de las palabras terminadas en ÃO en portugués.

What’s up, are you ok? Let’s learn Portuguese? In our Dica today, we are going to talk about the plural form of the words ending in ão. In general, for a foreigner, the plural form of the words ending in ão, is learned by listening to people speaking. This happens because we don’t have specific rules to form the plural in ÃO. So the only way to know how to use the plural of these words, is learning the words separately and having a good knowledge of vocabulary.

The plural form of the words that end in ão, can have three different endings: -ãos, -ães or -ões. Let’s see some of these words with different endings:

Plural Ending in ÃOS

O cidadão (Citizen)
Os cidadãos (Citizens)
O órfão (Orphan)
Os órfãos (Orphans)
O sótão (Attic)
Os sótãos (Attics)
A mão (Hand)
As mãos (Hands)
O irmão (Brother)
Os irmãos (Brothers)

Plural Ending in ÃES

O alemão (German)
Os alemães (Germans)
O cão (Dog)
Os cães (Dogs)
O pão (Bread)
Os pães (Bread)
O capitão (Captain)
Os capitães (Captains)
O catalão (Catalan)
Os catalães (Catalans)

Plural Ending in ÕES

O balão (Balloon)
Os balões (Balloons)
O botão (Button)
Os botões (Buttons)
O coração (Heart)
Os corações (Hearts)
A paixão (Passion)
As paixões (Passions)
O guardião (Guardian)
Os guardiões (Guardians)

Examples for Plural of ÃO

Now, let’s see some structures using the plural of the words ending in ão:

  • Os cidadãos do Rio de Janeiro são chamados de cariocas.
    The citizens of Rio de Janeiro are called Cariocas.
  • A casa de Marcos tem dois sótãos.
    Marcos’s house has two attics.
  • Os alemães estão visitando a cidade.
    The Germans are visiting the city.
  • Maria comprou pães.
    Maria bought some bread.
  • O controle remoto tem muitos botões diferentes.
    The remote control has a lot of different buttons.
  • Ontem, nós vimos muitos balões no céu da cidade.
    Yesterday, we saw a lot of balloons in the sky over the city.

Exercises For Plural of ÃO

To practice more, let’s do an exercise! Complete the sentences putting the words that end in ÃO in the plural form.

  1. Os ________ (cidadão) brasileiros estão animados para o Carnaval.
  2. Marcos é padeiro, ele acorda às 04:00 para fazer ________ (pão).
  3. Maria é a mais velha de 3 ________ (irmão).
  4. Socorro! Os ________ (botão) da minha calça soltaram!
  5. Você já viu Os ________ (guardião) da Galáxia? É bem legal!
  6. Você conhece o livro ________ (capitão) da Areia de Jorge Amado? Se não, vá ler agora!
  7. Quais são as suas ________ (paixão)?
  8. Não podemos fazer nada sobre isso, estamos de ________ (mão) atadas.
  9. Muitos estudantes ________ (alemão) vêm estudar Português no Brasil.
  10. No seu aniversário haverá muitos ________ (balão).

That’s it! Did you like today’s lesson? We hope so! If you’d like to learn more, you can learn via Youtube, check out our channel! We have a lot of lessons there.

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Click on the links below to see more related Dicas:
Portuguese Plural 
Words ending in tion in Portuguese
Metaphony in Portuguese


  1. Os cidadãos (cidadão) brasileiros estão animados para o Carnaval.
  2. Marcos é padeiro, ele acorda às 04:00 para fazer pães (pão).
  3. Maria é a mais velha de 3 irmãos (irmão).
  4. Socorro! Os botões (botão) da minha calça soltaram!
  5. Você já viu Os guardiões (guardião) da Galáxia? É bem legal!
  6. Você conhece o livro capitães (capitão) da Areia de Jorge Amado? Se não, vá ler agora!
  7. Quais são as suas paixões (paixão)?
  8. Não podemos fazer nada sobre isso, estamos de mãos (mão) atadas.
  9. Muitos estudantes alemães (alemão) vêm estudar Português no Brasil.
  10. No seu aniversário haverá muitos balões (balão).

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