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Técnicas de Redação Writing in Portuguese can be quite easy as many words are similar to English, only with slight spelling changes.

Also, the punctuation marks period (.) and comma (,) used in Portuguese have different uses than those in English.

This feature presents some basic tips that will assist you in writing Portuguese language.

 

Adding Suffix - Adicionando um sufixo

  • For an English word ending in ‘act’ OR ‘ect’, the suffix ‘acto/ato’ OR ‘ecto/eto’ is added

E.g. : Facto – Fact Impacto – Impact Aspecto – Aspect Direto – Direct

  • For an English word ending in ‘ed’, the suffix ‘ado/ada’ is added

E.g. : Saturado – Saturated Sophisticado/a – Sophisticated

  • For an English word ending in ‘al’, the suffix ‘o’ is added

E.g. : Politico – Political

  • For an English word ending in ‘ant’ OR ‘ent’, the suffix ‘ante/ente/ento’ is added

E.g. : Importante – Important Acidente – Accident Talento – Talent

  • For an English word ending in ‘able/ible’, the suffix ‘ãvel/ivel’ is added

E.g. : Proãvel – Probable Flexível – Flexible

  • For an English word ending in ‘tion’, the suffix ‘ção’ is added

E.g. : Posição – Position Loção – Lotion

  • For an English word ending in ‘ce’, the suffix ‘cia/ça’ is added

E.g. : Violência – Violence Justiça – Justice

  • For an English word ending in ‘ty’, the suffix ‘dade’ is added

E.g. : Univerdade – University Celibridade – Celibrity

  • For an English word starting in ‘s’, the prefix ‘es’ is added

E.g. : Espirio – Spirit Esporto – Sports

  • For an English word ending in ‘phy’, the suffix ‘fia’ is added

E.g. : Filosofia – Philosophy



  • For an English word ending in ‘phone’, the suffix ‘fone’ is added

E.g. : Telefone – telephone

  • For an English word ending in ‘y’, the suffix ‘ia/io’ is added

E.g. : Familia – Family Territorio – Territory

  • For an English word ending in ‘ive’, the suffix ‘iva/ivo’ is added

E.g. : Exclusivo – Exclusive Nativo – Native

  • For an English word ending in ‘am/em/ma’, the suffix ‘ma’ is added

E.g. : Prgrama – Program Problema – Problem Dilema – Dilemma

  • For an English word ending in ‘ment’, the suffix ‘mento’ is added

E.g. : Monumento – Monument

  • For an English word ending in ‘ous’, the suffix ‘oso/o’ is added

E.g. : Famoso – Famous Tremendo - Tremendous

  • For an English word ending in ‘er’, the suffix ‘ro’ is added

E.g. : Theatro – Theater

  • For an English word ending in ‘sion’, the suffix ‘são’ is added

E.g. : Confusão – Confusion

  • For an English word ending in ‘ure’, the suffix ‘ura/uro’ is added

E.g. : Cultura – Culture Futuro – Future

  • For an English word ending in ‘ute’, the suffix ‘uto’ is added

E.g. : Instituto – Institute

  • For an English word ending in ‘ist/ yst’, the suffix ‘ista’ is added

E.g. : Artista – Artist Analista - Analyst

  • For an English word ending in ‘age’, the suffix ‘gem’ is added

E.g. : Imagem – Image

Punctuations - Pontuações The use of some punctuation in Portuguese is similar to that of French. Period (Ponto) (.)

  • Marks the end of sentence.
  • Separates the digits in numbers

E.g. : 1.000.000 Comma (Vírgula) (,)

  • Indicates a pause in the sentence and for separation
  • Is used as a decimal point

E.g. : 2.50 (English) – 2,50 (Portuguese) The other punctuation marks such as colon (:), semicolon (;), question mark (?), exclamation mark (?), etc. have similar usage like those in English.