Chegou a hora – in Portuguese

chegou-a-hora in portuguese

Chegou a hora - in Portuguese means of course: the time has arrived, the time has come, or simply, it's time.

Seems so simple, right. But how would you say something like: "when the time comes to..." or, "please, be on time --?

Simple Use:
It's time to work. > Chegou a hora de trabalhar.

* Note how the de is used here. Literally, arrived the hour of work.

She arrived on time. > Ela chegou na hora.

*Note that in this we're saying on time rather than, the time so it's, na hora.

The time has come to return home. > Chegou a hora de voltar para casa.
Not so obvious:
When it comes time to leave, we'll take a taxi. > Quando chegar a hora de sair, nós vamos de táxi.

*This is the future subjunctive.

Grammar: future subjunctive

Use the future subjunctive tense to talk about things that are likely to happen, but that have not yet occurred.

Me liga quando você chegar. (Call me when you arrive.)

Se eu ver ela te aviso. (If I see her I'll let you know.)

Assim que comprar um carro vou lá. (As soon as I buy a car I'll go there.)

Words that almost always trigger this tense:
quando + verb (when you…)
se + verb (if you…)
assim que (as soon as…)

Please be on time. > Por favor chegue na hora.

*This is the imperative tense because it's a command.

Grammar: imperative mood

> For AR regular verbs you just replace the a with an e.
> For ER & IR regular verbs you just replace the e with an a.


-ar regular verbs

Tell me everything! Me cont e tudo!
Stop! Par e
Think again! Pens e bem!

-er and -ir regular verbs

Get out of here! Sum a daqui!
Open this door! Abr a essa porta!
Learn this! Aprend a isso!
Answer me! Me respond a!
Some very common examples use the TU form (read the post for more explanation):

esperar > Me espera! (Wait for me!)

olhar > Olha só! (Just look!)

escutar > Escuta! (Listen!)

tirar > Tira sua mão! (Hands off!)

falar > Fala tu! (Talk to me!)

ligar > Me liga! (Call me!)

He's arriving on time. > Ele está chegando na hora.


Grammar: chegar: to arrive
to arrive chegar
I arrive eu cheg o
you/he/she arrive(s) você/ele/ela cheg a

Complete conjugation.