But in case you want your Portuguese to go anywhere, you need to know verb conjugations. Verbs = Action. There’s no avoiding them. They seem complex, if not scary, only when you open a grammar book, so let’s leave that aside for now.
If verbs were the three little pigs they’d be called morAR, comER and abrIR.
One day they go out to build each a house.
morAR built each part either alone or with help:
morO - he built on his own
morAS - you helpt him out
morA - his friend gave him a hand
morAMOS - we all jumped in
morAM - his two friends finished things off
comER did the exact same thing:
comO - started alone
comES - accepted your help
comE - his girlfriend showed up to help
comEMOS - we all helped with this part
comEM - his two brothers did the finishing touches
abrIR aproached it this way:
abrO - laid out the foundation by himself
abrES - asked you to take over
abrE - his best friend showed up
abrIMOS - we all took turns to help
abrEM - he took a break, but the others continued
There’s a million different ways to go about verb conjugations in Portuguese. To me, they’re the epitome of logic. Keep the beginning, notice the patterns of the endings for regular verbs (visually and sound-wise) and use the persons in sentences that speak to your reality.
For irregular verbs, have a ‘big bad wolf’ attitude and go after the easy prey, meaning, the verbs you encounter the most in your daily life.
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