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Portuguese Verbs

Once you learn the basic rules of conjugation for Portuguese (Brazilian) Verbs, you will be well on your way to being able to fluently use the Brazilian Portuguese language. Just like with the English language, being able to use verbs properly in Portuguese means that you are able to communicate actions that are taking place now, in the past, or in the future. Verbs can also signify a state of being. They are extremely essential parts of any sentence, and are very crucial to your understanding and use of any language.

Fortunately, it is quite simple to learn how to use Portuguese (Brazilian) Verbs. Before you begin conjugating, you should understand that there are a few different forms that a verb can take in the Portuguese language. In order to determine the type of verb you need, you must first identify the number, person, and tense of the verb. The number means knowing how many people to whom the verb refers to: singular or plural. The person refers to the point of view: first person, second person, and third person. Lastly, the tense refers to when the action is taking place: present, past, or future.

Once you know which form you are working with, you can begin conjugating your verbs. Being able to conjugate Portuguese (Brazilian) verbs is all about memorizing rules and structures for the most part. First, you must identify which tense you are working with: present, past or future. For each tense, there are suffixes that you can add to any verb stem in order to correctly conjugate the verb to compliment your subject.

For example, in the present tense:

• All “I’ verbs will end in “-o”.

• All verbs referring to “you”, “he”, “she”, or “it” will end in “-a”.

• All verbs referring to “we” will end in “-amos”.

• All verbs referring to “they” will end in “-am”.

Each tense will have it’s own set of suffixes that will allow your verb to reflex the number, tense, and person. Once you understand and memorize all of the suffixes, you can then take any verb stem in Portuguese and conjugate it correctly for your sentence. By learning the suffixes, you will also be able to more easily understand more about the meanings of sentences, even if you are unfamiliar with the stem verb. The best way to learn how to use Portuguese (Brazilian) verbs is to practice as frequently as possible using reliable language education resources.