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Pelo amor de Deus!

by / Thursday, 14 February 2013 / Published in Brazil in the news, Brazilian culture, Portuguese Grammar

Check out this headline from today’s paper:

Sabrina Sato: ‘Estou muito feliz pela vitória da Vila’

She (Sabrina Sato) is saying that she’s very happy for the victory of Vila (Vila Isabel – the samba school that won the grand prize just now).

So, pela >> for the?

Let’s break this down:

> por is the preposition that can mean by, through or for.

> When por is followed by o or a, it gets contracted like this:

por+ o= pelo; por+ a= pela;

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