Beginning 14: Everything is More Expensive

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We hate to say it, but unfortunately things are more expensive. That’s just the way it’s going to be. At least in this lesson we can moan and groan about it a little bit in Portuguese.

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 A: Uma dúzia de ovos por favor.
A dozen eggs please.
  B: Tá bom, 5 reais.
OK, 5 reals.
  A: O que é isso, são ovos, não diamantes.
What’s that, they are eggs, not diamonds.
  B: Sei, mas infelizmente está tudo mais caro.
I know, but unfortunately everything is more expensive.


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  1. H.O.King

    Why does the guy in the dialog say “Sei, mas infelizmente está tudo mais caro” and not “Sei, mas infelizmente tudo está mais caro”. He switched tudo and está ! Obrigado.

    1. Orlando Kelm

      Maybe the best way to think of this is to say that the normal word order in Portuguese is Subject – Verb – Object. As such, Tudo está mais caro is your default way to say the phrase ‘everything is more expensive.’ When speakers change word order, it’s kind of a way to give extra emphasis to some part of a sentence. So by saying ‘está tudo mais caro’ it just makes things jump out a bit more.
      We do similar things in English, often with a change in pitch or loudness, adding extra stress. Brazilians can do this too, but sometimes changing word order has the same effect.

      1. Amy

        Brazilians really prefer the verb, don’t they. They put verbs first, many times. 0.0

        1. Orlando Kelm

          It is how Brazilians respond to question, e.g, falo, sim. quero, sim. vejo, sim. etc.