Praia da Ursa

Ursa Beach

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Hear the legend behind the characteristic rocks of Praia da Ursa, a beautiful beach located in Sintra.

Comments:

  • Hi. As usual my lack of grammar knowledge confuses me. Why do we have use of terão sido and terá recusado? I thought that would been they will have been and will have refused. Why aren’t one of the simpler past tenses used? Thanks.

    • This is a rather literary construction we call “futuro composto” or “futuro perfeito” (future perfect). It can be used to describe past events with a certain level of doubt or uncertainty, as if you were saying that things allegedly happened that way. It fits in this context, because this is a legend, not necessarily a 100% real story 🙂

    • Ah, yes, I’ve just explained it in another comment here, haha. Quoting myself: “This is a rather literary construction we call “futuro composto” or “futuro perfeito” (future perfect). It can be used to describe past events with a certain level of doubt or uncertainty, as if you were saying that things allegedly happened that way. It fits in this context, because this is a legend, not necessarily a 100% real story :)”

  • In the last paragraph……que assim se conservou devido ao…. is translated as ….that has been preserved due to…
    Can you tell us why the simple past is used here?
    Is it possible to use either … que assim tem se conservado devido/ que foi conservado?

    • You could say it either way 🙂 “Que assim se conservou”/”que foi conservado” to simply say that its natural wild state was preserved (until today) or “que assim se tem conservado” to highlight the fact that this action/process is carried over into the present and future, even though it started in the past. In Portuguese, this feels more like a matter of where to put the emphasis than a real practical difference in meaning.

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