3rd Edition

Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar Workbook

By John Whitlam, Agripino S. Silveira Copyright 2023
    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    220 Pages
    by Routledge

    Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar Workbook is an innovative book of exercises and language tasks for all learners of Brazilian Portuguese, ideal for use alongside the Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar or as an independent resource.

    The book is divided into two sections. Part A provides exercises based on essential grammatical structures whilst Part B practises everyday functions, including making social contact, asking questions and expressing needs.

    This third edition offers a greater variety of exercises, including exercises designed to practice concepts introduced in the "Notes for Spanish Speakers" sections of the Grammar. Exercises from the second edition have also been revised and expanded upon and a comprehensive answer key at the back of the book enables you to check on your progress.

    The Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar Workbook is ideal for all learners who have a basic knowledge of Brazilian Portuguese, including undergraduates taking Brazilian Portuguese as a major or minor part of their studies, as well as intermediate and advanced school, adult education and self-study students.

    Part A Structures

    1 Pronunciation and spelling

    2 Gender and gender agreement

    3 Number and number agreement

    4 Articles

    5 Adjectives and adverbs

    6 Numbers and numerical expressions

    7 Personal pronouns

    8 Demonstratives

    9 Possessives

    10 Relative pronouns

    11 Interrogatives

    12 Exclamations

    13 Indefinite adjectives and pronouns

    14 Negatives

    15 Regular verb conjugations

    16 Semi-irregular and irregular verbs

    17 Gerunds, past participles, compound tenses and the passive

    18 Use of the tenses

    19 The infinitive

    20 The subjunctive

    21 The imperative

    22 Reflexive verbs

    23 Ser, estar and ficar

    24 Verbs used in auxiliary, modal and impersonal constructions

    25 Prepositions

    26 Conjunctions

    27 Word order

    28 Word formation


    Part B Functions

    29 Making social contacts

    30 Basic strategies for communication

    31 Asking questions and responding

    32 Negating

    33 Reporting

    34 Asking and giving personal information

    35 Identifying people and things

    36 Describing

    37 Making comparisons

    38 Expressing existence and availability

    39 Expressing location and distance

    40 Expressing possessive relations

    41 Expressing changes

    42 Expressing cause, effect and purpose

    43 Expressing knowledge

    44 Remembering and forgetting

    45 Expressing obligation and duty

    46 Expressing needs

    47 Expressing possibility and probability

    48 Expressing certainty and uncertainty

    49 Expressing supposition

    50 Expressing conditions

    51 Expressing contrast or opposition

    52 Expressing capability and incapability

    53 Seeking and giving permission

    54 Asking and giving opinions

    55 Expressing agreement, disagreement and indifference

    56 Expressing desires and preferences

    57 Expressing likes and dislikes

    58 Expressing surprise

    59 Expressing satisfaction and dissatisfaction

    60 Expressing hope

    61 Expressing sympathy

    62 Apologizing and expressing forgiveness

    63 Expressing fear or worry

    64 Expressing gratitude

    65 Giving advice and making suggestions

    66 Making requests

    67 Giving directions, instructions and orders

    68 Making an offer or invitation and accepting or declining

    69 Talking about the present

    70 Talking about the future

    71 Talking about the past

    Answer key

    Index of grammar structures

    Index of functions


    John Whitlam was a freelance writer, university lecturer and lexicographer based in Rio de Janeiro. He has authored a number of language-teaching books and project-coordinated and co-authored four best-selling bilingual dictionaries of Portuguese and English.

    Agripino S. Silveira is Lecturer in Portuguese at Stanford Language Center, Stanford University, USA.

    "Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar Workbook is very comprehensive and covers all necessary areas expected for Portuguese learners wishing to have a better understanding and command of the Brazilian variant. The author shows a deep knowledge of the many idiosyncrasies of Brazilian Portuguese, always referring to the existing differences related to register and spoken versus written language. Also, the fact that it is divided into two parts (traditional grammar and function-based grammar), which are clearly interconnected in each section, makes it easier for students to look up any information they may need. Learners are provided a set of useful exercises related to both traditional grammar and function-based grammar, which focus on important and often challenging aspects of the Portuguese language."

    Dr. José Peixoto Coelho de Souza, Language Tutor in Portuguese, University of Manchester, UK

    "Modern Brazilian Portuguese Grammar continues to be a wonderful supplement to the textbooks that I use in my language courses. It captures and presents problematic instances in an organized format. The examples and brief explanations are clear and relevant. This reference guide is essential for anyone who wants to master a nuanced understanding of Brazilian Portuguese."

    Dr. Cynthia A. Sloan, Associate Professor of Portuguese and Spanish, Portland State University, USA