LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||31/JAN/2006 8:37 AM|
The most confusing verb tense for Brazilians is the Present Perfect, because we do not have a similar tense in Portuguese, and Brazilian students have difficulty understanding that in English we say : "I have lived in Rio for ten years", (presente perfect) whereas in Portuguese we say "Eu moro no Rio há dez anos" (simple present).
You have already had some pretty good suggestions on confusing words, but I will give you a few more: lose/loose; (the problem here is spelling, since lose is a verb and loose is an adjective); the verbs fall-fell-fallen and feel-felt-felt; also the verbs rise-rose-risen (intransitive/irregular) and raise-raised-raised (transitive/regular). They are very hard for Brazilians.
Well, Ana M, I believe you have a lot to work on - GOOD LUCK
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