Regular Verbs in the Present Tense: IR Verbs

As mentioned, verbs are split into three groups:

  • Verbs ending in -ar
  • Verbs ending in -er
  • Verbs ending in -ir

Now we’ll deal with the 3rd and final group: -IR verbs!

IR Verb Endings

The regular -IR verb conjugations are very similar to the -ER verbs, except for one little difference… can you spot it? 🤔

to open


Abrir – Indicativo – Presente

A loja abre muito cedo.
The store opens very early.

  • eu abro
  • I open
  • tu abres
  • you open
  • ele / ela abre
  • he / she opens
  • você abre
  • you formal open
  • nós abrimos
  • we open
  • eles / elas abrem
  • they masc. / they fem. open
  • vocês abrem
  • you pl. open


to share / to divide


Dividir – Indicativo – Presente

Nós dividimos todas as refeições.
We share all the meals.

  • eu divido
  • I share
  • tu divides
  • you share
  • ele / ela divide
  • he / she shares
  • você divide
  • you formal share
  • nós dividimos
  • we share
  • eles / elas dividem
  • they masc. / they fem. share
  • vocês dividem
  • you pl. share


to leave / to break


Partir – Indicativo – Presente

Ela parte o meu coração!
She breaks my heart!

  • eu parto
  • I leave
  • tu partes
  • you leave
  • ele / ela parte
  • he / she leaves
  • você parte
  • you formal leave
  • nós partimos
  • we leave
  • eles / elas partem
  • they masc. / they fem. leave
  • vocês partem
  • you pl. leave


Did you find it?

That’s right… the “nós” conjugation is different!

  • Beber: nós bebemos
  • Abrir: nós abrimos

Otherwise, the conjugations are the same. The regular endings for -IR verbs are -o, -es, -e, -imos, -em.


    • Great suggestion, thanks! As a quick solution, I’ve added the infinitive verbs with audio above each verb block. Welcome aboard as a new member this month too! 🙂

      • Thank you mathgeuyen, When I posted this original comment on August 8, 2019, the “blue loudspeaker” was not present. This is one of the things (among many) I like about Practice Portuguese, when you make a suggestion or a request they really listen to you, evaluate your suggestions, and make changes accordingly. Thanks to my suggestion, and possibly others who have suggested the same, you now have the “blue loudspeaker” button present. Before, you could only access the pronunciation by opening up and working on the verb cards.

        Obrigada, Joel for taking my suggestion–I appreciate it!

        • Yup, we added this based on your suggestions! Ongoing feedback helps us make the platform better. By being a small company, we’re often able to act quickly on your feedback, (especially they are minor tweaks). We don’t always get around to properly announcing these more minor changes, but they’re happening continuously.

  • Joel, The changes haven’t gone unnoticed by me, I appreciate it. The comment by mathgeuyin gave me an opportunity to share this with others who may not know this. I fill out endless surveys, provide feedback when requested, and have made countless queries to many online services I have subscribed to or use–I always get the canned response of “we appreciate/value your input” but I rarely do I see a company or service willing to take action on any of my input. My personal motto is, “it doesn’t have to be my idea to be a good idea.” I wish you continued success and fortune with Practice Portuguese!

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