How to Use Articles and Prepositions with the Months of the Year – with Video

On July 19th I posted a video teaching you how to say the months of the year. Now you are going to learn what articles and prepositions to use with the months.


First, a reminder: We do not capitalize the months of the year in Portuguese.


Let’s go:


1) As in English, when starting a sentence with the month, do not use any articles in front of it. Examples:

  • Dezembro é um mês quente no Brasil. (December is a hot month in Brazil)
  • Março é um mês chuvoso no Brasil. (March is a rainy month in Brazil)


2) “The month of …” = “O mês de…”. That may sound a bit strange or old fashioned in English, but is commonly used in Brazil. Examples:

  • O mês de dezembro é quente no Brasil. (The month of December is hot in Brazil)
  • O mês de março tem muita chuva no Brasil. (The month of March has lots of rain in Brazil) 


3) To say that something happens in a certain month, use the preposition “em” in front of the month. Examples:

  • O Natal é em dezembro. (Christmas is in December)
  • Meu aniversário é em setembro. (My birthday is in September)


4) In Brazil, we sometimes use the expression “in the month of…”, which in Portuguese is  “no mês de…”. Examples:

  • O Natal é no mês de dezembro. (Christmas is in the month of December)
  • Meu aniversário é no mês de setembro. (My birthday is in the month of September)



Learn more: Visit our lesson Months of the Year – Learn How to Say os Meses do Ano – with Video

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