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Can you pass this test? [Beginner Level Portuguese]




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Do you know how to conjugate verbs in Portuguese?


To help you with verb conjugation, I've created a series of lessons about the main tenses we use. This is the first lesson of this series. Let's start with regular verbs in the present tense.


First, we are going to have a test on verb conjugation for you to review and assess your knowledge of the Portuguese language. After the test, I will explain each exercise.


Before taking the test, I recommend studying or reviewing the conjugation of regular verbs in the present tense.


Are you ready for the test? Let's go!


Complete the sentences below in the present tense. Then check your answers at the end of the exercise.


1. Eu (gostar) __________ de chocolate.


2. Maria (estudar) __________ português todos os dias.


3. A gente (almoçar) __________ com nossos pais todo domingo.


4. Maria e João sempre (chegar) __________ cedo ao trabalho.


5. Carolina não (beber) __________ refrigerante. Ela (preferir) __________ suco ou água.


6. Você (correr) _________ todos os dias?


7. Todos os anos, nós (receber) __________ presentes de nossas famílias.


8. Meus alunos (entender) __________ o português muito bem.


9. Você (assistir) __________ a séries brasileiras?


10. Meu marido e eu sempre (dividir) __________ a sobremesa.

Check your answers:


1) Eu gosto de chocolate. (I like chocolate.)


2) Maria estuda português todos os dias. (Maria studies Portuguese every day.)


3) A gente almoça com nossos pais todo domingo. (We have lunch with our parents every Sunday.)


4. Maria e João sempre chegam cedo ao trabalho. (Maria and João always arrive at work early.)


5. Carolina não bebe refrigerante. Ela prefere suco ou água. (Carolina doesn't drink soda. She prefers juice or water.)


6. Você corre todos os dias? (Do you run every day?)


7. Todos os anos, nós recebemos presentes de nossas famílias. (Every year, we receive gifts from our families.)


8. Meus alunos entendem o português muito bem. (My students understand Portuguese very well.)


9. Você assiste a séries brasileiras? (Do you watch Brazilian series?)


10. Meu marido e eu sempre dividimos a sobremesa. (My husband and I always share the dessert.)


Now, let's review each exercise:


1. Regular verbs conjugated in the first-person singular EU (I) always end with the letter O: eu gosto (I like), eu trabalho (I work), eu estudo (I study) , eu como (I eat), eu assisto (I watch), and so on.

Eu gosto de chocolate. (I like chocolate.)

2. Regular verbs ending in AR conjugated in the third person singular ELA/ELE (she/he) always end with the letter A: ela gosta (she likes), ela trabalha (she works), ela estuda (she studies), and so on.


Maria estuda português todos os dias. (Maria studies Portuguese every day.)

3. The pronominal phrase A GENTE means the same as NÓS (we), but the conjugation of verbs must be done in the third person singular. In other words, the phrase A GENTE uses the same conjugation of the pronouns ELE (he) and ELA (she): a gente almoça (we have lunch), a gente gosta (we like), a gente trabalha (we work), a gente estuda (we study), and so on.


A gente almoça com nossos pais todo domingo. (We have lunch with our parents every Sunday.)

4. Regular verbs ending in AR conjugated in the third person plural ELAS/ELES (they) always end with the letters AM: eles chegam (they arrive), eles gostam (they like), eles trabalham (they work) , eles estudam (they study), and so on.


When the sentence has two subjects in the third person, the conjugation must be in the third person plural: ELES/ELAS (they).


Maria e João sempre chegam cedo ao trabalho. (Maria and João always arrive at work early.)

5. Regular verbs ending in ER and IR conjugated in the third person singular ELA/ELE (she/he) always end with the letter E: ela bebe (she drinks), ela prefere (she prefers), ela assiste (she watches), e assim por diante, and so on.


Carolina não bebe refrigerante. Ela prefere suco ou água. (Carolina doesn't drink soda. She prefers juice or water.)

6. The pronoun VOCÊ (you) agrees with verbs in the third person singular, that is, it uses the same conjugation of the pronouns ELE (he) and ELA (she): você almoça (you have lunch), você gosta (you like), você bebe (you drink), você corre (you run), and so on.


Você corre todos os dias? (Do you run every day?)

7. Regular verbs ending in ER conjugated in first person plural NÓS (we) always end with EMOS: recebemos (we receive), bebemos (we drink), comemos (we eat), and so on.


Todos os anos, nós recebemos presentes de nossas famílias. (Every year, we receive gifts from our families.)

8. Regular verbs ending in ER and IR conjugated in the third person plural ELAS/ELAS (they) always end in EM: eles entendem (they understand), eles recebem (they receive), eles comem (they eat), and so on.


Meus alunos entendem o português muito bem. (My students understand Portuguese very well.)

9. Again, remember that the pronoun VOCÊ (you) agrees with verbs in the third person singular, that is, it uses the same conjugation of the pronouns ELE (he) and ELA (she): ela assiste (she watches), ele assiste (he watches), você assiste (you watch).

Você assiste a séries brasileiras? (Do you watch Brazilian series?)

10. Regular verbs ending in IR conjugated in first person plural NÓS (we) always end with IMOS: dividimos (we share), assistimos (we watch), abrimos (we open), and so on.

When the sentence has two subjects, including I, the conjugation must be in the first-person plural: NÓS (we).


Meu marido e eu sempre dividimos a sobremesa. (My husband and I always share the dessert.)

That's it, everybody! This was a quick review of the conjugation of regular verbs in the present tense.


I would like to know how you did on the test. How many questions did you get right? Write a comment below with your score.


Até a próxima!


Your teacher,


Virginia