Portuguese preposition de

Portuguese preposition de

The Portuguese preposition de shows up in many different places. Now, readers of this blog know that I HATE to dig into grammar-speak unless it's really necessary to move you into Portuguese fluency.

So, I won't.

But, let me just say that it's worth being said that a preposition is a word that ties others together. Each language has a few prepositions that are super stars: their presence changes meaning.

Portuguese preposition de is one of them.

Let's look at just one really useful way de is used. I present to you DE as it is used to express BY.

Let's go by car. > Vamos de carro.
She's going by train. > Ela vai de trem.
I'm going to take the bus. > Eu vou de ônibus.

Let's extend this to another case and see DE is used to express IN or, TO WEAR for CLOTHING (!).

Eu vou de saia.
I'm going in tennis shoes. > Eu vou de tênis.
Can I wear shorts? > Posso ir de shorts?

Ready to learn more about Portuguese prepositions? Check out the next post.

How well do you know this? Can you get 5 of these right?