Assim in Portuguese

Assim in Portuguese

Assim is the 90th most used word in the Portuguese language!
Assim has two main meanings:

Assim in Portuguese = like this, like that

I'm like this/that. > Eu sou assim.

The verb SER is used because this is a permamnent condition.

We're like this/that > Nós somos assim.

I just wanted to show the previouse example with "we" rather than "I" 😉

I like it like this/that > Eu gosto assim.

GOSTAR is usually followed by a de, but in this case we're not talking about anything specific - just this/that.

I like being like this/that > Eu gosto de ser assim.

Did you notice how being is expressed by the, de ser?

I've always been like this/that > Eu sempre fui assim.

A good example of SER in the past tense.

Studying like this/that you will become fluent. > Estudando assim você vai ficar fluente.

Assim = as soon as

In this context, assim triggers the subjunctive mood YAY! the FUTURE SUBJUNCTIVE, YAYY!

As soon as I get off work I'll call you. >> Assim que eu sair do serviço, te ligo.

Assim examples in-context