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Question: "em" x "no" x "na"

How do you know when to use the following??

em = in/on

no = in/on the (masculine)

na = in/on the (feminine)

ie: Why is it "no Rio de Janeiro" and "no Maranhão", but "em São Luiz"??

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maldito
Dec. 6th, 2012 02:39 am (UTC)
no Rio
My friend just sent me this link and I mentioned how I no longer post @ livejournal.com.

But ironically last week while talking to a Brazilian and I mentioned that Los Angeles was Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula, he said the full name of Rio is/was São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro. So that's when I said, "ah, so that's why it's o Rio, no Rio, etc."

I'm guessin for Maranhão it's something similar. no Rio Grande do Norte, no Rio Grande do Sul, but em Minas Gerais, em Santa Catarina, em São Paulo.

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