Deixa para lá – in Portuguese

Deixa para lá - in Portuguese

I've written about the expression pode deixar and, me deixa em paz ~ me deixa sozinho (leave me in peace ~ leave me alone)... but the one that keeps coming back is: deixa para lá. Por quê? Why does this one generate the most interest?

Deixa para lá?

Probably because deixar is one powerful verb. Plus the inclusion of : there.

By itself it means to leave, to let. And when you use it in the phrase deixa para lá you are saying (literally), leave it in order for there.

WHAT? 🙈🙉🙊

Note also that DEIXAR is in the imperative mood MAS, it's the tu form! That's because it just IS. The proper imperative is of course, Deixe para lá . But most people use the tu form which is simply, deixa para lá. There are simply some verbs that usually take the tu form in the imperative (Olha só, Espera aí­!, Tira sua mão!). And that is just ótimo right? There's no change to the verb ending - it's just the standard present tense ~ the present indicative.

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!)

ter » Vem cá! (Come here!)

But what about the "pra" -- ! -- This is an advanced post and I'm hoping you already "know" that pra is just the abbreviated form of para. 🧘🏼

PARA ➜ ➜ PRA when you're in a hurry or just tired of typing the extra "a" or you are just cooler than the rest of us and/or lazy and/or just like the sound of pra more than para.

Whatever. Tanto faz. Deixa pra lá!

Deixa para lá » Examples

Deixa pra lá! Eu vou resolver depois. ➜ Let it be! I'll work it out later.
✱ BTW, how would you say, Eu vou resolver depois without using Ir to express the future? ➾ Resolvo depois. Easy & brief. Elegant.
Deixa para lá. Esqueça ela! ➜ Let it go. Forget about her!
Deixa para lá! Não me importa nenhum pouco. ➜ Don't bother. It doesn't matter to me in the least.
Deixa para lá. Vou fazer mais tarde. ➜ Don't worry about it. I'll do it later.

Deixa para lá ➜ in music

Grammar: expressions using deixar

There are several key expressions that Brazilians use with the verb DEIXAR.

Deixa para lá. Let it be.

Pode deixar. Leave it to me.

Me deixa em paz! Let me be!

Me deixa sozinho! Leave me alone!

Grammar: deixar: to leave, let
to leave, let deixar
I let eu deix o
you/he/she let(s) você/ele/ela deix a

Complete conjugation.

Deixar is used in many common expressions, especially in conversation.

Deixa para lá! (Leave it alone.)

Me deixa! (Let me be!)

Me deixa sozinho! (Leave me alone!)

Me deixa em paz! (Leave me in peace!)

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