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Brazilian Portuguese alphabet and characters

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Brazilian Portuguese alphabet

Brazilian Portuguese grammar rules

The written Brazilian standard differs from the European one to about the same extent that written American English differs from written British English. The differences extend to spelling, lexicon, and grammar.

The Brazilian spellings of certain words differ from those used in Portugal and the other Portuguese-speaking countries.

The vocabularies of Brazilian and European Portuguese also differ in a couple of thousand words, many of which refer to concepts that were introduced separately in Brazilian Portuguese and European Portuguese.

The present continuous form (estar a + infinitive) which exists in European Portuguese is not often used in Brazilian Portuguese.

There are two grammatical genders in Portuguese:

  • masculine
  • feminine

And two numbers

  • singular
  • plural

The Latin case system has been lost, but personal pronouns are still declined for subject, object of verb and object of preposition.

Brazilian Portuguese formatting rules

First day of the weekSunday (traditionally), Monday (as per ISO 8601)
Working daysMonday to Friday
Short date formatd/M/yyyy
e.g. 24/3/2016
Long date formatd de MMMM de yyyy
e.g. 24 de março de 2016

Brazilian Portuguese capitalisation usage

  • People’s names.
  • Geographical names (of countries, counties/states, cities etc.).
  • Always follow the capitalization used in the English text.

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