Preterit Indicative (regular verbs)

the preterit indicative

In Portuguese there are several ways to refer to something that happened in the past. Each, with different meanings.

The Preterit tense is the simplest of these. It's like saying, I bought my own private jet yesterday..

Why isn't that enough to know?

Because in Portuguese, you will use a different verb conjugation to convey different past-tense situations such as...

I was buying a private jet yesterday when... (the Present Progressive tense)
If I had bought a private jet yesterday... (the Imperfect Subjunctive tense)
I had already bought the jet when... (the Compound Imperfect Indicative)

Minha Nossa Senhora.

The Preterit is the easiest and most common form of the past tense. It's the first one you should learn! And FYI - don't be alarmed at the thought of learning these other complicated sounding tenses - they're not so scary and everything comes much easier when you have a solid grasp of this main past tense: The Preterit Indicative ("the simple past").

-ar regular verbs
I worked eu trabalh ei
he worked ele trabalh ou
we worked nós trabalh ámos
they worked eles trabalh aram
O que você falou para ele? > What did you say to him?
Nós jogamos vôlei na praia. > We played volleyball on the beach.

-er regular verbs
I ate eu com i
he ate ele com eu
we ate nós com emos
they ate eles com eram
Eu bebi muito ontem. > I drank a lot yesterday.
Ela não atendeu minha ligação. > She didn't answer my call.

-ir regular verbs
I slept eu dorm i
he slept ele dorm iu
we slept nós dorm imos
they slept eles dorm iram
Ela descobriu ontem. > She found out (discovered) yesterday.
Você caiu de bicicleta? > You fell off your bike?
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