< Portuguese Grammar

the infinitive

The Portuguese infinitive is just the verb itself – unconjugated. These generally translate as “to run, to drink, to love, to do” ETC.

ar verb » Eu não quero falar. I don't want to speak.

er verb » A gente vai fazer uma festa. We're going to have a party.

ir verb » Você quer ir ao hotel? Do you want to go to the hotel?

Verbs after prepositions have to be in the infinitive form:

a = at, to Vamos começar a correr. Let's start to running.

de = of, from Vou parar de tomar café. I'm going to stop drinking coffee.

em = in, on Tenho dificuldade em dizer nao. I have difficulty saying no.

sem = without Eu estou falando sem parar. I'm talking non-stop.

até = until Ela vai comer até morrer. She's going to eat until death.

para = to, for Ela esta pronta para viajar. She's ready to travel.