1. Hi Joel and Rui,
    I am very much enjoying your course and indeed your sense of humour.

    I have a few questions arising from this episode.

    (1) In the heading, you have “Será que o português dele melhorou?” which Google translates as: “Has his Portuguese improved?”
    I would have expected this to be: “Will it be that his Portuguese has improved? Elsewhere, you have “Será possible?” translated as “Is it possible?” My question is simply whether this use of the future tense is common in Portuguese?

    (2) My second question is about the use of the verb ‘Andar’, e.g. as in “Eu ando à procura” = “I’m looking for” I know Portuguese uses ‘Estar’, ‘Ser’ and indeed ‘Ficar’ for the verb “to be” but I am a little puzzled about’ Andar’. How is its use different to ‘Ficar’?

    Many thanks


    • That use of the future is very common indeed. ‘Será que’ is added to questions to give them more of a rhetorical, introspective twist, similarly to how ‘I wonder if…’ or ‘Could it be that…’ are used in English. It happens to be conjugated in the future tense, but the related action or event can happen at any point in time, past, present or future.

      As for ‘andar’ vs. ‘ficar’ as they relate to the verb “to be”,’ficar’ is usually used either to indicate a location or to express a transition or change, (become):
      – The store is in the corner. = A loja fica na esquina. (location)
      – Don’t be sad if she cancels. = Não fiques triste se ela cancelar. (don’t become sad)

      On the other hand, ‘andar’ gives off a sense of vague continuity, which is why it relates particularly well to the present/present perfect/etc continuous. It’s used for actions or events of uncertain duration that were, are or will be happening for at least a while.
      – What are you doing? = O que andas a fazer?
      – He has been sick. = Ele tem andado doente / Ele anda doente.
      – We were traveling a lot. = Nós andávamos a viajar muito.

      This is just a short explanation, but hopefully it’ll give you a quick intro of how these verbs are used in these contexts.

      (Ps. Sorry for delay, I wanted to get some help with putting this reply together to make sure it would be as accurate as possible 🙂

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