A Visita dos Avós

The Grandparents' Visit

Miguel’s mother tries desperately to get her son to clean up before a visit from his grandparents. Get familiar with the imperative verb form as she gives him instructions!

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  • why is it deixá-lo – I don’t understand the lo as deixá does not end in s, t or z….

  • Sorted now – I see it is the infinitive deixar (after vou) with the r taken off and the accent added to the a. Was not paying close enough attention!

  • O teu irmão foi com o teu pai jogar futebol
    e não está aqui (para) ajudar.

    In this sentence why is ‘para’ used before ‘ajudar’ but not before ‘jogar’? Would it be acceptable to use ’para’ in front of both verbs?

    • Olá, Whit. In the first case, we have a compound verbal structure, “foi jogar”, where the verb ir (foi) is the auxiliary verb and jogar is the main one. So, between them, no preposition is required (but optional elements like “com o teu pai” can be inserted). In the second case, we don’t have a compound tense, but two separate verbs that need the preposition as a connecting element between them 🙂

  • I often have problems emphasizing the words correctly, special verbs …here I am a bit confused, because in the vocabulary list “ajuda-me” it is emphasized differently than in the spoken text. What is correct?
    To emphasize “ju” or “da”

    • Olá 🙂 The stress lies on the syllable “ju”: aJUda-me. Both examples sound correct to my ears, but the word is pronounced more clearly in the vocabulary list, which might be what’s making it sound different for you.

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