Above in Portuguese

Ejemplo con encima en Portugués: Estamos acima do mar.

What’s up guys, are you ok? Are you ready to learn Portuguese? Today, we are going to talk about above in Portuguese. Let’s do this.

Above in Portuguese

When we talk about above in Portuguese, we must consider that we can use two different words. We use acima as above and also cima that can be used to talk about position, peak, top.

The usage of acima

The word acima (above) is an adverb that can express superior position, higher place, more important situations.

Examples with acima

O texto acima fala sobre o Rio de Janeiro.
The text above talks about Rio de Janeiro.

O que você está me pedindo está acima das minhas condições. Desculpe.
You asking something that is above of my conditions. Sorry.

Usar havaianas na cidade maravilhosa está acima de todas as coisas.
Using havaianas at the cidade maravilhosa is above everything.

The usage of a cima

We use the form a cima with the meaning and the idea of up or on the top of. Let’s see some examples using this form.

Examples with a cima

Estamos indo a cima da montanha.
We are going up the mountain.

Resolvemos correr a rua de baixo a cima.
We decided to go up the street running.

Quando olhamos a cima do morro, pensamos que seria fácil subir.
When we looked at the top of the hill, we thought it’d be easy to climb.

The usage of cima

The expression cima (on) means peak, top. Normally used with some preposition, forming a locution: em cima de (on the), por cima de (on the), para cima de (up to).

Let’s see now some structures using acima and cima:

Examples with cima

Os livros estão em cima da mesa.
The books are on the table.

O avião vai passar por cima daquele prédio.
The plane is going to pass above that building.

Nós vamos para cima da Pedra da Gávea amanhã.
We are going up Pedra Gávea tomorrow.

Ele pulou de cima do muro e torceu o pé.
He jumped from the wall and twisted his foot.

Now it’s yout turn!

Complete the sentences using the proper answers:

  1. Caipirinha está ______ de todas bebidas.
  2. Ele deixou os documentos ______ da cadeira.
  3. Você sabe quem mora no apartamento ______?
  4. Eles colocaram a foto _______ do computador.
  5. Eles colocaram a visita ao Cristo ______ de todas as prioridades.
  6. Mesmo estando ______ de você na empresa, ele deve te respeitar.
  7. Tivemos que passar ______ da poça de água por causa da chuva.
  8. Se quiser ver como está o tempo, basta olhar ______.
  9. Acho que você não leu a mensagem ______, por isso está confuso.
  10. Eles estão ______ do Morro Dois Irmãos.

That’s it, guys! Now we know how to use above in Portuguese and its variations. Go to our Instagram page and see what is going on our school.

See you in the next Dica.
Hugs from Rio & Learn!


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  1. acima
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  3. de cima/acima
  4. em cima
  5. acima
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  7. por cima
  8. para cima
  9. acima
  10. em cima

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