Acabar in Portuguese vs. Acabar + de


We've written about ACABAR de before -- because it's such a useful combination. When you place a de after acabar, it takes on the meaning of, to have just. ACABAR in Portuguese by itself means: to end, to end-up, to finish. Everyone gets these mixed-up (confundida) ~ The de placed right after ACABAR makes a big difference and sets it apart from just ACABAR without the de.

Use ACABAR + de to express the idea that something just (now happened; You just finished doing something. Learn to use this combo ~ it's 2nd only to gostar + de in popularity.

Examples of acabar in Portuguese

A few examples will help clear this up:

Acaba sendo diferente ➜ It winds up being different.
Essa história acaba hoje. ➜ This story ends today.
Como acaba exatamente, ninguém sabe. ➜ How exactly it ends up no one knows.
Ela sempre acaba sendo o heroi. ➜ he always ends up being the hero.
Diga-me que essa tortura acaba logo. ➜ Tell me that this torture ends soon.
» From our online Portuguese course.

Examples of acabar + de

Acabei de acordar. ➜ I just woke up.
Ela acabou de comer. ➜ She just ate.

That de makes a big difference.

Examples of acabar + de in context