Hacking Portuguese Participles

portuguese participles

Many Portuguese learners get tripped-up with the past tense. But there are some hacks that can get you speaking quickly. One of them is learning to use Portuguese participles. The past participle is just a verb conjugation that describes something that is over and done: written, said, cooked, closed etc.

Learning the Portuguese participles is easy.

Once you already know the basic form of a past participle, you can put together sentences like this:

The bill is paid. > A conta está paga.

PAGAR > pago/a

The store is open. > A loja está aberta.

ABRIR > aberto/a

The work is done. > O trabalho está feito.

FAZER > feito/a

Your shirt is messed-up. > Sua camisa está bagunçada.

BAGUNÇAR > bangunçado/a

It's reserved. > Está reservada.

RESERVAR > reservado/a

She's married. > Ela está casada.

CASAR > casado/a

We're lost. > Estamos perdidos.

PERDER > perdido/a

It's locked. > Está trancada.

TRANCAR > trancado/a

I'm broke. > Estou falido.

FALIR > falido/a

He's unemployed. > Ele está desempregado.

DESEMPREGAR > desempregado/a