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.
|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.
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.
Dar is hopelessly irregular.
você ele, ela deu
vocês, eles, elas deram
Vamos! O Pretérito Indicativo em contexto.