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M and N

edited June 2014 in Portuguese
When the consonants "m" and "n" are in the middle of a word, they are used to make the preceding vowel nasal.
Example: cama (bed)  is pronounced [come AH]. Compare with cabo (cable), which is pronounce [KAH buh].
Likewise, in lente (lens) / the "n" makes the "e" sound nasal and is pronounced [LAIN tee]. Compare to leite (milk), pronounced [LAY tee].
It's important to note that although there are exceptionally few words in portuguese that end in "n", when a word ends in "m", it is pronounced as an "n".
Example: batom (lipstick) is pronounced [bah TON].

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