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5 Common English Errors Made By Portuguese Speakers

If you're trying to learn English, you'll find these tips provided by teacher Conner extremely useful. In this article he highlights the do's and do nots which often catch out Brazillian or Portuguese English language learners.

Apr 2, 2018 12:00 AM
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Other common wrong that we have done is put the verb in infinitive after preposition instead of put it in gerund. The reason way is in portuguese we ever use the verb in infinitive after preposition.
April 2, 2018
Conner, in Portuguese it's not correct to say/ask “Você conhece Brasil?”; it's ''Você conhece o Brasil?''. :)
May 24, 2018

I have spoken with a lot of Portuguese and Spanish native speakers and could add a few. One that immediately comes to mind is "pass" instead of "spend" time. For example:

"I passed the weekend in Rio." instead of the correct usage "I spent the weekend in Rio."

Another one that just jumped to mind is using "compromise" instead of "commitment". For example: 

"I can't come tomorrow because I have a compromise at 1pm." instead of the correct usage "I can't come tomorrow because I have a commitment at 1pm."

Of course, I know the Spanish word for commitment is "compromiso" and the Portuguese almost exactly the same as Spanish so it's very easy to confuse these two words. Be careful! 

April 30, 2018
@Marcos:

It would not be incorrect, because you'd have added "have" - "I should HAVE finnished...". What he says in the article is the form that Portuguese speakers might use, being: "I should finish (...) yesterday"; this form would be incorrect.

April 3, 2018
1-What if we know because we saw photos? It is normal in Portuguese to ask if anyone knows the place and we also ask if you have traveled to that place. Not exactly the same thing
July 13, 2019
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