Estava in Portuguese
Hi, guys! Today, in our Video Dica, we’re going to check out the verb Estava in Portuguese, the imperfect past form of the verb Estar.
As we already know, we use the imperfect forms when speaking about a habit or repetitive or long situations in the past, as well as simultaneous or interrupted actions.
So here we have the conjugation of the verb Estava:
In the example Eu estava em casa na semana passada (I was home last week) we’re talking about a specific period in which I stayed home.
Informal Form: Tava
Sometimes you may hear Portuguese speakers using tava instead of estava, that’s the informal use of the verb, almost like a slang.
Luciano: Pô, cara. Foi mal não ter te ligado, ontem eu tava muito ocupado.
Dude. Sorry for not calling, yesterday I was really busy.
Ele tava pulando de alegria.
He was jumping of joy.
Expressions with Estava in Portuguese
The Verb Estava can also be used with feelings or moods. Such as:
Não fui à festa porque eu estava muito cansado.
I didn’t go to the party because I was really tired.
Eu não estava feliz ontem
I wasn’t happy yesterday.
Estava frio hoje de manhã
It was cold this morning.
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