Irregular verbs in the Past Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Grammar, Podcast

Hello, there!

Last month we had the first post of the irregular verbs series and today I will be covering the simple past tense (I had, I did, I worked etc) of the main irregular verbs in Portuguese.

Make sure you know these conjugations inside and out because they are very important for your fluency. Also remember that the persons for each conjugation are eu, você, ele, nós, vocês and eles; I didn’t include the tu form (only used in some regions in Brazil) and the vós form (not used at all!).

Vamos começar!

First conjugation (verbs ending in -ar)


Dar (to give) – dei, deu, deu, demos, deram, deram
Estar (to be) – estive, esteve, esteve, estivemos, estiveram, estiveram.

Second conjugation (verbs ending in -er)


Caber (to fit) – coube, coube, coube, coubemos, couberam, couberam
Dizer (to say) – disse, disse, disse, dissemos, disseram, disseram
Fazer (to do) – fiz, fez, fez, fizemos, fizeram, fizeram
Ler (to read) – li, leu, leu, lemos, leram, leram
Poder (to be able) – pude, pôde, pôde, pudemos, puderam, puderam
Pôr* (to put) – pus, pôs, pôs, pusemos, puseram, puseram
Querer (to want) – quis, quis, quis, quisemos, quiseram, quiseram
Saber (to know) – soube, soube, soube, soubemos, souberam, souberam
Ser (to be) – fui, foi, foi, fomos, foram, foram
Ter (to have) – tive, teve, teve, tivemos, tiveram, tiveram
Trazer (to bring) – trouxe, trouxe, trouxe, trouxemos, trouxeram, trouxeram
Ver (to see) – vi, viu, viu, vimos, viram, viram

*The verb pôr is under the second conjugation because it was originally written as “poer” in ancient Portuguese.

Third conjugation (verbs ending in -ir)


Ir (to go) – fui, foi, foi, fomos, foram, foram
Vir (to come) – vim, veio, veio, viemos, vieram, vieram

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About the Author: Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


  1. Ruby :):

    Very helpful, Thanks! 😀

  2. Marcel:

    Irregular Verbs are always difficult to remember, not only in Spanish of course. You might want to have a look at irregular verbs in English, German and many more languages. IF that is the case, have a look at the Linguaholic Language Forum. You will find a Spanish Section there as well.

    kind regards from Switzerland


  3. Janne:


    Just found your blog. After a long break I´m starting to study Portuguese again. I´m looking for a complete list of irregular verbs of Portuguese. I can´t seem to find that, as every list I find is different. Counting all of them together I´ve found 31 irregulars now.