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Discussion in 'Português (Portuguese)' started by Brazilian Girl, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. Brazilian Girl

    Brazilian Girl Senior Member

    São Paulo, SP, Brazil
    Portuguese Brazil
    Colegas do fórum, coloquei essa questão nesse thread do Only English e nenhum nativo me convenceu.
    Recorrerei então aos patrícios, para ver se a minha dúvida pode ser melhor esclarecida.

    Num exercício de condicionais, aparece a questão abaixo, onde deve ser assinalada a resposta incorreta

    Do that....
    a) and you'll regret it.
    b) if it 'll help
    c) if you'll get the opportunity
    d) - we' ll lose business

    O gabarito propõe a errada como a alternativa “c”. Está correto? O que diferencia “b” e “c” ?
     
  2. mglenadel

    mglenadel Senior Member

    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazilian Portuguese
    1. Está correto, sim. Para que fosse válida, a opção C deveria ser "…if you get the opportunity."

    2. B poderia também ser "if it helps", mas "if it'll help" não está errado.

    3. Tem a ver com o sujeito do "help" em B ser a mesma coisa que o objeto do "Do" (that), e em C ser diferente: "Do that if you get…"
     
  3. Joca

    Joca Senior Member

    Florianópolis, Brazil
    Brazilian Portuguese
    Interessante a explicação 3. Essa seria uma regra gramatical? Não a conhecia...
     
  4. L'Inconnu Senior Member

    US
    English
    (d) is probably right, but an American would not normally say it that way. Instead we would say 'Do that AND we'll lose business.' Actually, he would say it like this:

    'Do that'n we'll lose bizness."

    (c) The future doesn't fit, because in this case the opportunity is coming BEFORE you take action. That is, the 'opportunity' is a PREREQUISITE for taking action. Whereas, the other three cases deal with CONSEQUENCES that come AFTER you take some action. In other words you could say something like:

    "Do that, (AFTERWARDS) you'll get the opportunity (to do something else)."
     
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2013
  5. Joca

    Joca Senior Member

    Florianópolis, Brazil
    Brazilian Portuguese
    Thanks, now it makes more sense.
     
  6. Brazilian Girl

    Brazilian Girl Senior Member

    São Paulo, SP, Brazil
    Portuguese Brazil
    Thanks everybody for being so kind!
     

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