Já in Portuguese

example of já in portuguese: você já viajou para o rio de janeiro?

What’s up, guys! Today, we are going to talk about  in Portuguese. The time adverb has different forms inside the Portuguese language. And it’s also used a lot in the daily lifes of Brazilians. But what do we use it for? Well, let’s take a look at our class today and get ready já já!

Examples with Já in Portuguese

We can use to determine concluded actions:

  • Eu terminei o trabalho.
    I have already finished work.
  • João, fez o que pedimos?
    João, have you done what we asked yet?
  • Você está pronta?
    Are you ready yet?
  • Nós conversamos sobre isso.
    We have already talked about that.
  • Este é o melhor bolo que eu comi na vida!
    This is the best cake I have ever eaten!

Questions Using Já in Portuguese

example with já in portuguese: será que eles já aprenderam a surfar?

We can also use já in Portuguese to make questions in order to find out things about something or somebody. In general, the answers for já (ever), use to be sim, eu já (yes, I have) or não, nunca (no, I have never). Let’s take a look:

  • Será que ele voltou de viagem?
    Has he really  been back from the trip yet?
  • Você  foi acusado de algo que não fez?
    Have you ever been accused of something you didn’t do?
  • Luciana: Você desmaiou na rua?
    Patrícia: Sim, já.
    Luciana: Have you ever passed out on the street?
    Patrícia:  Yes, I have.
  • Carla: Você foi à Turquia?
    Roberto: Nunca fui.
    Carla: Have you ever been to Turkey?
    Roberto: I have never been to.

What about Ainda?

We can also use ainda to express the idea that something continues to be done or will be done in the future. Let’s see:

  • João: Você  passou alguma vergonha em público?
    Paulo: Ainda não, e você?
    João: Have you ever been embarrassed in public?
    Paulo: Not yet, and you?
  • Pedro: Você terminou o relatório que pedi?
    Lucas: Não, ainda não terminei.
    Pedro: Have you finished the report yet?
    Lucas: No, I haven’t finished yet.

What does it mean Já Já?

Well, if you hear this adverb doubled in a sentence, it usually don’t have the same meaning as the single já. Brazilians use this expression to communicate when something is going to happen immediately after the phrasing:

  • João, eu vou na padaria e volto já já!
    João, I am going to the bakery and I will come back quickly!
  • Eu vou já já estudar pra prova.
    Soon, I am going to study for the exam.

Obviously, you will find people that will tell you já já, but they don’t actually mean they will do something immediately. That can be very annoying!

Exercises with Já in Portuguese

Number the answers according to the questions:

(1) Você já ouviu música brasileira?(  ) Sim, elas já chegaram em casa.
(2) Eles ainda trabalham naquela empresa?(  ) Não, não. Eles já saíram daquela empresa.
(3) Nós já estivemos aqui, não estivemos?(  ) Infelizmente não. Mas ouvimos dizer que os professores de lá são maravilhosos!
(4) Eu nunca fui aos Estados Unidos, e você?(  ) Eu já fui lá 4 vezes.
(5) Luana já terminou o trabalho?(  ) Com certeza. Igor já comprou sim.
(6) Vocês já estudaram na Rio & Learn?(  ) Já sim. Meu artista favorito é o Caetano Veloso.
(7) Igor já comprou um carro?( ) Não, aqui ainda não estivemos.
(8) Diogo ainda não tem uma namorada?!( ) Ainda não tem. Continua solteiro.
(9) Lúcia e Karen já chegaram em casa?( ) Sim, ela já terminou há muito tempo por sinal.
(10) Nós nunca estudamos alemão, e vocês?( ) Nunca estudamos, mas vamos começar no próximo semestre.


That’s it, folks! Today, we study the uses of já in Portuguese. Shall we recap what you learned? It is already an adverb used when you want to talk about a situation that has already been completed. It usually comes right after the subject (Eu já fui para a Europa). It can also be used in questions and also in the form of short answers. Remember: if the action is yet to be done or is in the process of being done, you can still use it!

If you have any further questions, you can tweet us on our Twitter account. It will be a pleasure to answer your questions.

See you in the next Dica!
Hugs from Rio de Janeiro!

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