personagem

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French personnage; synchronically, persona (persona) +‎ -agem.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /pɨɾ.su.ˈna.ʒɐ̃j̃/
  • Hyphenation: per‧so‧na‧gem

Noun[edit]

personagem m f (plural personagens)

  1. a character in a story

Usage notes[edit]

The word personagem has three different rules for gender inflection, all correct and widely used:

  • Always feminine:
    a personagem João e a personagem Mariathe character John and the character Mary
  • Always masculine:
    o personagem João e o personagem Mariathe character John and the character Mary
  • Agreeing with the person:
    o personagem João e a personagem Mariathe character John and the character Mary

The choice is up to the speaker or writer. However, it is advised keeping one particular style throughout the text for consistency.