How To Say “It’s Said That…” in Portuguese Posted by Adir on Aug 5, 2014 in Learning
In Portuguese grammar we have something called “voz passiva sintética” which is the shortest form of the passive voice. In Portuguese this kind of “voice” doesn’t have a subject so we use the main verb + the particle “se”.
Instead of overanalyzing it, let me give you some real examples in Portuguese and in English:
Diz-se que… – It is said that…
Relata-se que… – It is reported that…
Fala-se inglês nos Estados Unidos. – English is spoken in the United States.
Tem-se escrito muito sobre isso. – A lot has been written about this.
Tem-se a impressão de que… – One gets the impression that…
Fica-se com a impressão de que… – One gets the impression that…
Não se sabe ao certo… – One doesn’t know exactly…
Não se sabe ao certo o que aconteceu. – One doesn’t know exactly what happened.
Nunca se sabe o que fazer… – You never know what to do…
A gente nunca sabe o que fazer nessas situações. – You never know what to do in these situations.
Não se pode trabalhar num ambiente desses. – You can’t work in such an environment.
Não se deve acreditar em tudo o que se lê. – You shouldn’t believe everything you read.
When you want to express this idea in the plural you can use “they” or when it is a broader idea, “somebody” or “someone”.
Dizem que… – They say that… / People say that…
Dizem que ela está grávida. – They / People say that she’s pregnant.
Falam inglês também no Canadá. – They speak English also in Canada.
Servem boa comida naquele restaurante. – They serve good food in that restaurant.
Bateram na porta. – Somebody / Someone knocked on the door.
Bateram na porta? – Did somebody (anybody) knock on the door?
Vieram te procurar. – Somebody / Someone came looking for you.
Já vieram entregar o pacote? – Has anybody already come to deliver the package?
Pegaram meu lápis. – Somebody / Someone took my pencil.
Estão tocando a campainha. – Somebody / Someone is ringing the bell.
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