CONSEGUIR in Portuguese

Are you getting sick of my posts that just deal with a verb? It's not for lack of other subjects, it's just that VERBS ARE KEY to building sentences and, fluency. Verbs are also handled very differently in Portuguese than in English. We use phrasal-verbs extensively: get-over, get-going, get-ahead, get-away and on, and on, and on. It's really much simpler in Portuguese. There is a specific verb for most everything » » no_phrasal_verbs! Nada. I know first-hand from my Brazilian wife that learning even some of our phrasal verbs is nothing less than um pesadelo. We don't even think about it ~ but do you say call up, call out, call back or call off? Is it check in, check out, check on or check off? PE-SA-DEL-O. CONSEGUIR in Portuguese is one those verbs that can for example be used in place of PODER to create a more-precise, nuanced meaning than poder is able to.

CONSEGUIR in Portuguese

This is a key verb. Brazilians use it all_the_time.
Use it to express to get, to succeed in (an objective).
It's confusing because there are other verbs for expressing these ideas also. So let's get specific.

Let's let the examples show you:

Você conseguiu um emprego? » Did you get a job?

*You could also leave out the um » Você conseguiu emprego? » Did you get some work?

Você vai conseguir participar? » Are you going to be able to participate?
Você conseguiu ingressos? » Were you able to get tickets?
Consegui falar com ela, finalmente! » I was finally able to speak with her.
Conseguiu pagar a dívida? » Were you able to pay the debt?
Juntos nós vamos conseguir muita coisa! » Together we're going to be able to do many things!

Conseguiu entender?

Hey! You may be noticing that there are other ways to say these examples above. And, that is almost always the case. Language is flexible. But imagine for a moment that instead of saying, "Conseguiu entender?" we'd said, "Pôde entender?" This would mean, Could you understand?, and with CONSEGUIR it translates as, Were you able to understand? Knowing lots of Portuguese verbs is one the keys to fluency.