the Preterit Indicative ~ar verbs


The Preterit Indicative is "the simple past tense"

Ready to move on the past tenses? Start here, with the Preterit Indicative. I call it the simple past because it's the clearest, simplest verb tense (*a verb tense describes a time that something happened.) in Portuguese. Hang around here a bit and you will meet the others. There are several Portuguese tenses used to talk about different kinds of action in the past! The Preterit Indicative always describes action that is over & done. Period.

Yesterday, I had dinner with my girlfriend.
We went to the movies.
I wanted to watch a comedy.
We got there late.

Over & done. Simple.

Forming the Preterit Indicative for ~ar ending verbs

The ~ar verbs are the most consistent.

to speak falar
I said eu fal ei
you/he/she said você/ele/ela fal ou
we said nós fal amos
they/you all said eles/elas fal aram

Let's use it.

I called you. ➜ Eu liguei para você.
Did you work last week? ➜ Você trabalhou na semana passada?
She bought more clothes. ➜ Ela comprou mais roupa.
We lunched together. ➜ A gente almoçou junto.
We traveled last week. ➜ Nós viajamos na semana passada.
They found the bank. ➜ Eles acharam o banco.

BTW, here's a great list of THE most common verbs that exist in the Portuguese language.

There are several irregulars you need to know. I've made a list of the most important irregular verbs in the simple past tense here. But lets' look at two irregulars that end in ~ar.


Chegar is only irregular in the first person, singular: cheguei.
Don't be tricked by the "u". It does nothing to affect the pronunciation.

I arrived yesterday. ➜ Eu cheguei ontem.


Dar is hopelessly irregular.

eu dei
você ele, ela deu
nós demos
vocês, eles, elas deram

I gave you money. ➜ Eu te dou dinheiro.

Vamos! O Pretérito Indicativo em contexto.

Lot's more examples in my other posts:
Simple Past ~er verbs
Simple Past ~ir verbs
Simple Past ser,ir
Simple Past ter, dizer, fazer
Simple past ~irregular verbs
The Portuguese past tenses