Ser Play slow audio Play normal audio To be is one of the most fundamental and important Portuguese verbs. It also happens to be an irregular verb, which helps explain why the conjugations below look quite different from the verb’s infinitive form. For now, we’ll focus on ser in the presente do indicativo Play slow audio Play normal audio present tense:
As you can see, verb conjugations in Portuguese change depending on who is doing the action. Don’t worry – most verbs are easier to conjugate than this one. For now, do your best to commit this to memory, since these verb forms will be popping up a lot throughout the lessons… as well as within your own Portuguese conversations!
Using the Verb Ser
As you can see in the present tense examples below, ser can be used to…
- Introduce yourself or someone else:
- Describe someone or something:
- Indicate an occupation or profession:
É meio-dia e hoje é domingo. Play slow audio Play normal audio It is midday and today is Sunday.
…as well as many other uses, which we’ll explore in future lessons.