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(edit: while i'm at it, i guess i might as well ask all the little questions that have been nagging at me lately with BP - i'd like to specify that while i am definitely interested in learning ""proper"" grammar, as with every language i'm first concerned with how people actually talk and so sometimes i have trouble finding resources that reflect this)

1. can anyone explain to me why the future subjunctive is used in the expression "pode falar quem quiser" ? i guess the idea is that it's an indefinite person, so i see why you use the subjunctive but how come it's not "pode falar quem queira" ?

2. also, just how common is the personal infinitive in everyday informal BP speech?

3. i don't know if this is a regional thing, but i can't seem to find consistency in the way people form imperatives. sometimes it's the same as the third person indicative present, other times it's the third person subjunctive present- what gives? a yahoo answers in portuguese suggested that there's kind of a lot of mix-up going on here. also, does anyone in brazil use different endings for negative imperatives?



in this song, she says "quero que me arrebenta" - why isn't it "que me arrebente" ? it's especially confusing because in the lyric just before she says "eu não quero que machuque," using the present subjunctive. my best guess at this point is that since she ends up repeating "me arrebenta" over and over again, it'd be awkward in the subjunctive, but if there's some other reason you can think of let me know!


thanks in advance!
Tags: brazilian portuguese, portuguese
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