personagem

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French personnage.

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 Maria "the character John and the character Mary"
  • Always masculine: o personagem João e o personagem Maria "the character John and the character Mary"
  • Agreeing with the person: o personagem João e a personagem Maria "the 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.