Portuguese Present Tense of Regular Verbs

Learn how to conjugate regular verbs in Portuguese

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26. Conjugating Regular Portuguese Verbs in the Present Tense

Verbs in Portuguese end in -ar, -er or -ir.  Before a verb is conjugated, it is called the infinitive.  Removing the last two letters gives you the stem of the verb (cantar is to sing, cant- is the stem.)  To conjugate regular verbs in the present tense, add these endings to the stems:

-ar verbs -er verbs -ir verbs
-o -amos -o -emos -o -imos
-as -ais -es -eis -es -es
-a -am -e -em -e -em

Regular verbs:

-ar verbs -er verbs -ir verbs
dançar to dance aprender to learn partir to leave
desejar to desire comer to eat imprimir to print
escutar to listen correr to run    
estudar to study ler to read    
falar to speak vender to sell
praticar to practice beber to drink
tomar to take compreender to understand
viajar to travel

To make sentences negative, simply put não in front of the verb.


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