the Preterite Indicative : irregular verbs

preterite-indicative-irregulars

The preterite indicative mood was discussed in this post is the simplest form of the past tense. It specifically talks about action that is over and done. Once you've gotten the conjugation down you need to know about the most common irregulars. Let's look at seven of the most common:

Ser

to be (more about the verb SER)

I was. eu f ui
you/he/she were você,ele,ela f oi
we were nós f omos
they, you all were vocês, eles, elas f oram
I was a really wild kid. > Eu fui uma criança muito rebelde.
It was a great show. > O show foi ótimo.

Ir

to go (*note that the conjugation of SER and IR in this tense are identical!)

I went. eu f ui
you/he/she went você,ele,ela f oi
we went nós f omos
they, you all went vocês, eles, elas f oram
We went to the beach yesterday. > Nós fomos à praia ontem.
It went really well. > Foi bem.

Estar

to be (more about the verb ESTAR)

I was. eu est ive
you/he/she were você,ele,ela est eve
we were nós est ivemos
they, you all were vocês, eles, elas est iveram
I've been in London before. > Já estive em londres.
Have you been to that island? > Você esteve naquela ilha?

Ter

to have

I had. eu tiv e
you/he/she had você,ele,ela tev e
we had nós tiv emos
they, you all had vocês, eles, elas tiv eram
She had a headache. > Ela teve uma dor de cabeça.
I had an idea. > Eu tive uma ideia.

Dizer

to say

I said eu diss e
you/he/she said você,ele,ela diss e
we said nós diss emos
they, you all said vocês, eles, elas diss eram
She told me that she'll go. > Ela me disse que vai.
I told him to buy the tickets. > Eu disse a ele para comprar os ingressos.

Fazer

to do

I did eu fiz
you/he/she did você,ele,ela fez
we did nós fiz emos
they, you all did vocês, eles, elas fiz eram
I did it yesterday. > Eu fiz ontem.
We already did it. > Já fizemos.

Querer

to want

I wanted eu quis
you/he/she wanted você,ele,ela quis
we wanted nós quis emos
they, you all wanted vocês, eles, elas quis eram
I wanted to go. > Eu quis ir.
They wanted to talk. > Eles quiseram conversar.