A Língua Inglesa adora simplificar, e de tanto simplificar acaba por complicar. Isso já não é novidade, ora pois, e facilmente se percebe ao passar por uma das nossas categorias preferidas, fake friends or lovers?

Uma das coisas que mais me fascina nestas confusões do Inglês e que dá imensa piada à Língua (para mim, claro, que vejo comédia em tudo) é poder pegar numa palavra, mudar-lhe APENAS uma letra e pronto: temos uma palavra completamente diferente, que nada tem a ver com a outra. Como quem muda APENAS os sapatos de um outfit e altera completamente o grau de formalidade. Não é espectacular? Não?!

Pois. A verdade é que isto não tem assim tanta piada para quem está a aprender uma Língua estrangeira e pode tornar-se um pequeno pesadelo quando chega a hora de compreender, falar ou escrever.

Partilhamos aqui 23 dos milhares (?) de casos em que uma letra faz toda a diferença em Inglês. Esperamos que, tal como nós, vocês possam também encontrar a magia que existe na Língua Inglesa.

#1.

Bad is an adjective and it means “Mau”

Bed is a noun and it means “Cama”

Bid is a noun and it means “Licitação”

Bud is a noun and it means “Botão de flor”

#2.

Bat is a noun and it means “Morcego”

Bet is a verb or a noun and it means “Apostar” or “Aposta”

Bit is a noun and it means “Bocado”

But is a conjunction and it means “Mas”

#3.

Bear is a noun that means “Urso” and is a verb that means “Suportar”

Beer is a noun and it means “Cerveja” (do you remember?)

#4.

Bland is an adjective and it means “Insípido”

Blend is a noun and it means “Mistura”

Blind is an adjective and it means “Cego”

Blond is an adjective and it means “Loiro(a)”

#5.

Blank is an adjective and it means “Vazio” or “Em branco”

Blink is a verb and it means “Piscar”

#6.

Boast is a verb and it means “Gabar-se”

Boost is a verb and it means “Aumentar”

#7.

Bake is a verb and it means “Assar/ Cozer no forno”

Fake is an adjective that means “Falso” or a verb that means “Fingir/Falsificar”

Make is a verb that means “Fazer”

Take is a verb that means “Tomar”, “Pegar” and so many other things

#8.

Bull is a noun and it means “Touro”

Pull is a verb and it means “Puxar”

#9.

Chip is a noun and it means “Fragmento” ou “Batata frita”

Ship is a noun and it means “Navio”

#10.

Fan is a noun and it means “Ventoinha”

Fen is a noun and it means “Pântano”

Fin is a noun and it means “Barbatana”

Fun is an adjective or a noun and it means “Divertido” or “Diversão”

#11.

Fat is an adjective and it means “Gordo(a)”

Fit is an adjective that means “Em forma” or a verb that means “Encaixar”

#12.

Hat is a noun and it means “Chapéu”

Hit is a verb and it means “Bater”

Hot is an adjective and it means “Quente”

Hut is a noun and it means “Cabana”

#13.

Near is an adjective and it means “Próximo”

Neat is an adjective and it means “Arrumado”

#14.

Man is a singular noun and it means “Homem”

Men is a plural noun and it means “Homens”

#15.

Pat is a verb and it means “Palmadinha”

Pet is a noun and it means “Mascote” or “Animal de estimação”

Pit is a noun and it means “Poço” or “Buraco”

Pot is a noun and it means “Vaso” or “Panela”

Put is a verb and it means “Colocar”

#16.

Poll is a noun and it means “Votação”

Pool is a noun and it means “Piscina”

#17.

Sea is a noun and it means “Mar” (it reminds us of this)

See is a verb and it means “Ver”

#18.

Slice is a noun and it means “Fatia”

Slick is an adjective and it means “Suave” or “Polido”

#19.

Strike is a noun and it means “Greve” or “Golpe”

Stroke is a noun and it means “Derrame” or “Pancada”

#20.

String is a noun and it means “Corda”

Strong is an adjective and it means “Forte”

#21.

String is a noun and it means “Corda”

Spring is a noun and it means “Primavera”

#22.

Tap is a noun that means “Torneira” or a verb that means “Bater de leve”

Tip is a noun and it means “Ponta”, “Dica” or “Gorjeta”

Top is a noun that means “Topo” or an adjective that means “Alto”

#23.

Warn is a verb and it means “Alertar/Avisar”

Worn is an adjective and it means “Usado”

 

And the list could go on and on and on…

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