Nominalization of Verbs in Portuguese

Ejemplo con sustantivación de verbos en Portugués: Podemos ver o Rio no topo do Morro dois irmãos. A vista é linda! A substantivação de verbos ocorre quando transformamos um verbo em sustantivo.

What’s up, friends? Today’s Dica will teach us a bit about the nominalization of verbs in Portuguese and we’ll complete an exercise to practice what we’ve learned.

Nominalization of Verbs in Portuguese

First of all, what is the nominalization of verbs in Portuguese? It the process we use when we want to transform verbs into nouns.

Let’s look at a short list of verbs that can be transformed into nouns below:

Examples of nominalization of Verbs in Portuguese

Here we have the verbs and then the noun of each verb.

Partir – A partida To leave (depart) – Departure
Chegar – A chegada To arrive – Arrival
Empregar – O emprego To employ – Job (employment)
Trabalhar – O trabalho To work – Work
Proibir – A proibição To ban (prohibit) – Prohibition
Permitir – A permissão To allow (permit) – Permission
Pintar – A pintura To paint – Painting
Discutir – A discussão To discuss – Discussion
Ver – A vista To see (view) – View
Estudar – O estudo To study – Study
 Jogar – O jogo To play – Game 
 Beijar – O beijo To kiss – Kiss 
 Caminhar – A caminhada To walk – Walk 
Optar – A opção  To choose (opt) – Option
 Decidir – A decisão To decide – Decision 
 Viajar – A viagem To travel – Trip
Brincar – A brincadeira To play – Joke 
 Esforçar – O esforço  To strive – Effort

Now, let’s see some examples where we use the nouns replacing the verbs:

Examples of nouns replacing verbs

O avião parte às 21:45
A partida do avião será às 21:45.
The plane departs at 21:45.
The plane’s departure will be at 9:45 pm.
Estávamos esperando você chegar.
Estávamos todos esperando pela sua chegada.
We were all waiting for you to arrive.
We were all waiting for your arrival.
Nós gostamos muito de trabalhar.
Nós gostamos muito do nosso trabalho.
We like working very much.
We like our job very much.
Proibir cigarro em lugares fechados é muito bom para a saúde de todos.
A proibição do cigarro em lugares fechados é muito boa para a saúde de todos.
  Prohibiting smoking in closed places is very good for everybody’s health.
The prohibition of smoking in closed places is very good for everybody’s health.
O professor me permitiu sair da sala.
O professor me deu permissão para sair da sala.
The teacher allowed me to leave the classroom.
The teacher gave me permission to leave the classroom.
Salvador Dalí pinta muito bem.
Adorei aquela pintura de Salvador Dalí.
  Salvador Dalí paints really well.
I loved that Salvador Dalí painting.
Discutiram na empresa sobre os planos para o próximo ano.
Houve uma discussão na empresa sobre os planos para o próximo ano.
  In the company they discussed the plans for next year.
There was a discussion in the company about the plans for next year.
O aluno curtiu muito ver a cidade no Pão de Açúcar.
O aluno curtiu muito a vista do Pão de Açúcar.
The student really enjoyed seeing the city from Pão de Açúcar.
The student really enjoyed the view from Pão de Açúcar.

Well, that’s it! Easy enough right?

Now it’s your turn!

Now it’s your turn to practice. Complete this exercise changing the sentences below to transform the verbs into nouns! Don’t be afraid to change the sentences, use your imagination!

  1. Estudar Português Online me deixa muito feliz!
  2. Assim não dá, você precisa se esforçar mais!
  3. Vamos caminhar na praia?
  4. Precisamos decidir: vamos comer pizza ou hambúrguer?
  5. Assim que puder vou viajar.
  6. Ele é um brincalhão! Todo dia ele brinca comigo.
  7. No Brasil é comum as pessoas se beijarem na bochecha como cumprimento.
  8. Eles vão optar entre aula de Português Online em grupo ou privada.

Now we can understand better how the nominalization of verbs happens in Portuguese.
We’ll be waiting for you in our next Dica!

Till then!
Rio & Learn send hugs for all of you!

Ler esta Dica em Português   Leer esta Dica en Español
Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Verbs ending in -ar in Present
Verbs ending in -ar in the Past
Regular verbs in -ER
Verbs in -Er in the simple past



  1. O estudo de Português Online me deixa muito feliz!
  2. Assim não dá, você precisa de mais esforço!
  3. Vamos dar uma caminhada na praia?
  4. Precisamos de uma decisão: vamos comer pizza ou hambúrguer?
  5. Assim que puder vou fazer uma viagem.
  6. Ele é um brincalhão! Todo dia ele faz brincadeiras comigo.
  7. No Brasil é comum as pessoas darem beijos na bochecha como cumprimento.
  8. Eles tem duas opções: aula de Português Online em grupo ou privada.

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