Negative forms: NÃO

NÃO = NO or NOT

Negative sentences are quite easy to write. In most cases, all you need to do is place ‘não’ before the verb. For example:

Eu sou professora de inglês.
I am an English teacher. 
*Remember we don’t use articles when telling one’s profession. You can review this topic here.

Eu NÃO sou professora de inglês.
I am not an English teacher. 
In this case, our verb is ‘sou’ and ‘não’ is put right before it.

Let’s take a look at some other examples so I can convince you on how easy it really is.

Políticos falam a verdade.
Politicians speak the truth. (HA!)
Políticos NÃO falam a verdade.
Politicians do not speak the truth. 

NÃO fume aqui.
Do not smoke here.

exceções para esta regra.
There are exceptions to this rule.
NÃO exceções para esta regra.
There aren’t exceptions to this rule.
*You can learn or review how to use ‘há’ for there is/are here.

Other negative words

NUNCA = never

Placed before the verb, just like ‘não’.

Políticos NÃO falam a verdade.
Politicians do not speak the truth.
Políticos NUNCA falam a verdade.
Politicians never speak the truth.

Ela SEMPRE acorda cedo aos sábados.
She always wake-up early on Saturdays.
Ela NUNCA acorda cedo aos sábados.
She never wakes up early on Saturdays.

NEM (not even, neither, nor)

Eu NEM consegui comprar o que eu queria.
I didn’t even get to buy what I wanted.

Patrícia não gosta de salada NEM de feijão.
Patricia likes neither salad nor beans.

NEM um NEM outro é o caminho certo.
Neither one nor the other is the right way.

DE MODO ALGUM = DE JEITO NENHUM = DE FORMA NENHUMA (no way, not at all, never)

Meu computador não funciona DE JEITO NENHUM.
My computer doesn’t work at all.

O juiz não vai mudar sua decisão DE MODO ALGUM.
No way the judge is going to change his decision.

DE FORMA NENHUMA nós vamos aceitar essas condições.
In any way we are going to accept these conditions.
*You can learn how to use ‘ir’ (to go) to talk about the future here.

It can also be used in reply to thank you.
– Obrigado (a).
Thank you.
De modo algum!
Not at all.

 

Hope it was useful for you! Best wishes in your journey learning Portuguese.
Any questions please use the comments section or my social media channels.
Aimée

 

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