Present Tense

O tempo presente

Introduction

Introdução

This is the most common verb tense. The present tense is used to express:
• actions currently happening,
• actions happening in the near future,
• general truths,
• and habitual actions.

Because English so often uses helping verbs such as "am" and "do", the Portuguese present tense can be seen as simpler.

For example, the phrase eu escuto (first-person present) can be translated as:
I listen.
I am listening.
I do listen.

Vocabulary

Vocabulário

Play falar
to talk to speak
Play comer
to eat
Play pôr
to place to put (on, down)
Play sair
to leave to exit to go out
Play assistir
to watch to attend

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