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Há, a and à. Same pronunciation but different meaning.

edited October 2013 in Portuguese
Because the h in Portuguese is silent, the three words are pronounced the same [ah].

Let’s review how they differ in meaning:

is the preset tense of the verb haver, there be, and is used with both plural and singular nouns.

Example: Há um carro na esquina e há duas bicicletas na calçada. There is a car on the corner and there are two bicycles on the sidewalk.

A is the feminine singular definite article. In Portuguese it is used more often than the English equivalent, the.

Example: Esta é a revista. This is the magazine.

The masculine article is o: Este é o jornal. This is the newspaper.

À is the combination of the definite article a, the, with the preposition, which is also a, meaning to: a + a = à 

Example: Eu vou à praia. I’m going to the beach.

When the preposition a, to, is combined with the definite masculine article o, the, it becomes ao. Example: Eu vou ao parque. I’m going to the park.

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