The in Portuguese

Artículos Definidos en Portugués. Os alunos estão felizes na foto.

What’s up, friends? In our Dica today, we’ll talk about how to say the in Portuguese. Ready to learn Portuguese Online? Let’s go!

How to say The in Portuguese?

To talk about a specific noun, object, person (among others), we usually use the before the word. But we have 4 words that mean the in Portuguese. These words are called definite articles.

The definite article is used to specify a noun and also helps to identify quickly the person, animal or object that we are talking about.

All definite articles refer to something or to someone that is already known and that’s why we call them definite articles.

Definite Article in Portuguese

Example of the in Portuguese: Singular masculine - o, singular feminine - a, plural masculine - os, plural feminine - as.

Take a look at the Portuguese definite articles, and listen to the sounds to practice.

Singular Plural  
O Os
A As

The definite article will change according to the word it relates to. We’ll use o before a masculine and singular word. Take a look:

O computador.
The computer.

We’ll use os before a masculine and plural word. Take a look:

Os computadores.
The computers.

We’ll use a before a feminine and singular word. Take a look:

A gata.
The cat.

We’ll use as before a feminine and plural word. Take a look:

As gatas.
The cats.

To use these articles, you must know the gender of each word, and also if it is singular or plural. Don’t worry, we’ll help you! To learn more about gender in Portuguese, click here. And if you want to learn more about the Portuguese Plural, click here.

If you feel that you still need more help, we’re here for you in our online Portuguese classes!

When to use The in Portuguese?

As we said before, we can use the definite articles in Portuguese before a noun. It can be a proper or a common noun. If you are a native English speaker, you must pay twice as much attention, because we’ll use the in Portuguese much more than in English. Why is that? Because the majority of our nouns are either masculine or feminine, and singular or plural.

You probably remember that when we talk about cities, we don’t use articles because these words are often neutral. But we have some exceptions. If a proper noun, as a name of city, derives from a common noun we’ll use an article. For example:

  • O Rio de Janeiro
  • O Porto

When not to use it?

  • To call people by their names
  • To list multiple items
  • Talking about planets and stars (starts different from the Sun)

Now that you understand how to use Portuguese articles, let’s take a look at them in full sentences. Don’t forget to listen to the audios.

Examples

O João fala alemão.
João speaks German.

 

A Marisa é alta.
Marisa is tall.

 

Os dias estão muito quentes no Rio de Janeiro.
The days are hot in Rio de Janeiro.

 

As salas estão limpas.
The rooms are clean.

 

O Maurício e a Gabriela são casados.
Maurício and Gabriela are married.

 

O Zé é mecânico.
Zé is a mechanic.

 

As meninas estão brincando de boneca.
The girls are playing with dolls.

 

Os meninos estão jogando futebol.
The boys are playing football.

 

Exercises for definite articles in Portuguese

Use the definite article in Portuguese that we’ve just learned before each the words on our list:

  1. ____ cachorro.
  2. ____ livro.
  3. ____ pintura.
  4. ____ saia.
  5. ____ professores.
  6. ____ ilhas.
  7. ____ olhos.
  8. ____ bolsa.
  9. ____ cinema.
  10. ____ leite.
  11. ____ árvores.
  12. ____ estudantes.
  13. ____ cariocas.
  14. ____ mapa.
  15. ____ mesas.
  16. ____ pergunta.
  17. ____ carro.
  18. ____ recepcionista.
  19. ____ pessoas.
  20. ____ atendente.

We hope you enjoyed this Dica! Want to practice more about the definite articles? Play this game about countries in our Youtube Channel!
See you soon!

Hugs and kisses from Rio & Learn.

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Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Indefinite articles in Portuguese
Genders in Portuguese

Countries with articles in Portuguese
Preposition EM with Indefinite Articles

 

Answers

  1. O cachorro.
  2. O livro.
  3. A pintura.
  4. A saia.
  5. Os professores.
  6. As ilhas.
  7. Os olhos.
  8. A bolsa.
  9. O cinema.
  10. O leite.
  11. As árvores.
  12. Os / As estudantes.
  13. Os / As cariocas.
  14. O mapa.
  15. As mesas.
  16. A pergunta.
  17. O carro.
  18. O / A recepcionista.
  19. As pessoas.
  20. O / A atendente.

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