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Expressions with 'há' and Negations

The expression 'há' means something like 'there is' or 'there are' in Portuguese. If 'há' is used within a question, we translate it usually with 'is there?' or 'are there?'.

tantas praias bonitas em Fortaleza.There are so many beautiful beaches in Fortaleza.
uma agência de turismo em Fortaleza?Is there a tourist office in Fortaleza?
Sim, uma agência de turismo em Fortaleza.Yes, there is a tourist office in Fortaleza.

Answer all of the following questions with 'sim' (yes). This exercise will help you to study further the many different uses of "há" in Portuguese.

Há um hotel no centro?
Sim, há um hotel no centro!

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1) Há muitos portugeses no Brasil?
2) Há uma estação de trem no centro?
3) Há muitos turistas no São Paolo?

Scene on the streets of Itacimirim, Brasil.
The word 'sim' means 'yes' and the word 'não' is either translated by 'no' or with 'not'. To answer a question negatively, one usually uses the word 'não' twice (!). First to say 'no' as an answer to the question, and then again before the main verb of the sentence meaning 'not'.

For example:
Tu és de Roma? Não, eu não sou de Roma.Are you from Rome? No, I'm not from Rome.
Você é turista? Não, eu não sou turista.Are you a tourist? No, I'm not a tourist.
Há praias bonitas na Londres? Não, não há praias na Londres.Are there nice beaches in London? No, there are no beaches in London.

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