Cooljugator: The Smart Conjugator in Portuguese

This is a very simple Portuguese verb conjugator. Like with our other conjugators, our goal here is to make Portuguese conjugation easy, smart and straightforward.

You can input verbs into the Cooljugator bar above in any form, tense or mood in both Portuguese and English. The Portuguese Cooljugator can currently do around 6698 verbs. We suggest you try it out.

You can also click here to browse the list of Portuguese verbs that we can conjugate.

Common Portuguese verbs

If you run out of ideas, some common Portuguese verbs:

The Portuguese language

Portuguese is a natural language, originally spoken in the current territory of Portugal, and now through the process of Portuguese colonisation widespread in Angola, Mozambique, Brazil, Guinea-Bissau, East Timor, Macau, Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe. It is estimated to have over 250 million speakers worldwide. The language comes from the Romance family group and is most similar to languages such as Galician or Spanish. Due to its more varied phonology and pronunciation, standard Portuguese is generally considered harder for native Spanish speakers to understand as compared to Spanish for Portuguese speakers.

Portuguese is written in the Latin alphabet, albeit it has a few of its own diacritic marks, such as éorê. The language is generally considered to have a "sweet" and fluid sound, as well as an interesting conjugation system.

About Portuguese conjugation

Portuguese conjugation is a procedure in which Portuguese verbs are changed to match with various other features of the phrase and its context. In Portuguese, you usually have to have a couple of basic forms of the verb to work out its other forms.

In Portuguese, the basic forms are:

  • the infinitive - ser, estar, falar, etc.
  • preterite past - foi, estive, falou, etc.
  • present indicative - é, está, fala, etc.

In Portuguese, you can conjugate verbs by these major factors:

  • person - (the verb changes depending on the person it is referring to, e.g. 'eu faço' - 'I do', or 'ele/ela faz' - 'he/she does')
  • number - (are we talking about a single person like in 'ele/ela faz' - 'he/she does', or many: 'eles/elas fazem' - 'they do')
  • aspect - perfective, progressive, imperfective, which all connect the verb to the flow of time, that is, they indicate whether an action is occuring at the time, used to occur frequently, or occurred generally
  • voice - active and passive: the difference between 'something is doing' and 'something is being done'
  • tense - Portuguese has a rich tense system, having present, preterite (past), imperfect (akin to past frequentative), pluperfect (a verb tense that is used to refer to something that occurred earlier than the time being considered, when the time being considered is in the past), future
  • mood (which indicates the attitude, and is distinguished as indicative, conditional or imperative, e.g. 'fazes' - 'you do', 'farias' - 'you would do' and 'faz' - 'do!').

An interesting comparison exists between Portuguese and Spanish or other Romance languages. Portuguese conjugation differs from Spanish conjugation in that it has two peculiar forms:

  • the personal infinitive - a form that is identical to future subjunctive in regular verbs
  • the future subjunctive - a type of subjunctive which is is usually archaic in most dialects of Spanish, including peninsular Spanish, but still actively used in Portuguese.

In the Portuguese Cooljugator, as usually in Cooljugators, we try to provide you as much information about the verb as possible, although we also try to focus on the most important aspects of conjugation. We hope that this conjugation information, next to the abundant examples we provide, will help you become a better Portuguese speaker, or just learn more about the language, or both.

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