Portuguese verb conjugation TER

portuguese verb conjugation ter

Ter is one of the top 10 most important verbs and it's conjugation is irregular.

The very first sentence I used in Brazil was, Você tem o jornal de hoje?. I asked it at a news stand! The guy looked at me like it was completely lost -- but it was a successful first try. I managed to pronounce the tem like it's tang: você tang o jornal de hoje? It took me a week to read the first page.

*PS - once upon a time people actually would read the news in printed form. It would come on this giant thin paper and weighed as much as 3 loaves of bread.

Portuguese verb conjugation ter

Let's look at the most useful ways it's used.

Ter in the Present Tense
Eu tenho tempo. > I have time.
Ela tem tatuagens. > She has tatoos.
Você tem que ir. > You have to go.
Ter in the Future Tense

The common way is to use the verb ir as a helper verb (the future tense with ir)

Eu vou ter mais tempo amanhã. > I'm going to have more time tomorrow.
Ele vai ter que correr. > He's going to have to run.
Você vai ter uma namorada nova. > You're going to have a new girlfriend.
Ter in the Past Tense

The past tense is where things get complicated. You really need to memorize the preterite perfect tense (simple past). The other past forms take time to get as their conjugations are so different.

Eu tive um sonho muito loco. > I had a really crazy dream.


Ela tinha muitos problemas. > She used to have lots of problems.

*the preterite imperfect (past imperfect)

Ter in the Imperative Tense

This is really common too. You will hear these frequently:

Tenha um bom dia! > Have a good day.
Tenha uma boa viagem. > Have a good trip.

There are of course other verb tenses as well. But they are more advanced so let's leave them for later. These include the past, present & future subjunctive forms. Also, there is the conditional of ter which is very common.

If you can start using these simpler forms you will be in great shape to get to the next level. But mastering the verb ter will challenge you to the core. Don't let it beat you!