Forming Questions in Portuguese
In Portuguese, it is relatively
easy to turn simple statements into questions:
1. For written
forms, leave everything exactly as it is and merely add a question mark
at the end of the sentence. When speaking, raise the intonation at the
end of the sentence much like you would in English.
Sua mãe fala português
= Sua mãe fala português?
Your mother speaks Portuguese
= Your mother speaks Portuguese?
Ele é brasileiro
= Ele é brasileiro?
He is Brazilian +?
= He is Brazilian?
2. Add one of
the following phrases and a question mark at the end of the sentence: não?
(no?); não é? (literally, not is?);
verdade? (literally, "not is truth?"); não é assim?
(literally, "not is so?"). These phrases are the Portuguese equivalents
of such common English phrases as "isn't it?" "don't you?" "doesn't he/she/they?"
"aren't you?" "isn't that so?," etc.
Sua mãe fala português,
não é verdade?
Your mother speaks Portuguese,
Ele é brasileiro,
não é assim?
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