FUI in Portuguese – the verb ir

FUI in Portuguese

IR has to be one of the FUNNEST (most fun) verbs to conjugate into the preterit tense (the "simple past" - action that is over and done).

SAY IT: eu fui, você foi.
FUI, FOI - these are of course just ways to say I went (fui), you/he/she went (fui). It's the past tense for action that is DONE, DONE, DONE. (the complete conjugation of IR.)


fui = fooey
foi = foy


We've posted about IR before, but this time I wanted to just focus on it's use in the preterit tense.

Here's the conjugation table. You should already have heard the singular versions fui & foi. The plurals, nós fomos & vocês/eles/ela foram will take some getting used to.


to go (*note that the conjugation of SER and IR in this tense is identical!)

I went eu f ui
you/he/she went você,ele,ela f oi
we went nós f omos
they, you all went vocês, eles, elas f oram

Everyone gets this confused with the same tense of the verb SER. That's because they conjugate exactly the same! You can use this to your advantage actually. In English we have to decide whether to say, for example: The class went really well OR, The class was really good. In Portuguese this is easy because whether you say was or went, the conjugation is the same:

It went really well. > Foi muito bem.
It was really good. > Foi muito bom.

Now let's see some more examples:

I went! > Fui!
We went to the beach yesterday. > Nós fomos à praia ontem.
They went shopping together. > Eles foram fazer compras juntos.