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 this tense to talk about things that are uncertain to happen: in the future.

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.