Open in Portuguese

example with open in portuguese: Eles abrirão o champanhe para celebrar!

Let’s start the day with a wonderful Dica do Dia! Did you know that if you want to open our Dica anywhere you just have to subscribe? You’ll receive our Portuguese lessons directly to your inbox. Amazing, right? Talking about opening, let’s learn the verb to open in Portuguese.  Let’s start by looking at the abrir conjugation in Portuguese in every tense with all endings highlighted to help you learn. You will also take a look at the differences between abrir as a verb and aberto as a adjective and participle in Portuguese!

Abrir Versus Aberto in Portuguese

In the Portuguese language abrir is a common verb. Everyday you open things, right? Well, to start my day I open the coffee jar and then I open the fridge to get my milk. Also, when I leave my houses to go to work I open the door. What about you? What do you open in the morning? Your bedroom door? Apps on your cellphone? I hope not! Only if it is to check out our Dicas! hahaha

In the kitchen for example, you have to open many different things: the fridge door, a bottle of juice, the pan to check your food. But, can you open a can without a can opener? Are you strong enough or you think it’s just a matter of practice? I’ll tell you something: I can’t, but Hulk can …

So, let’s begin our learning by understanding the key differences between verb open and its adjective and participle, aberto in Portuguese. Verb open in Portuguese is abrir, while the adjective/participle for it is aberto. So yes, both the adjective and a conjugation of this verb share the same word. We recorded some audio files so you can learn how to pronounce these words appropriately:

Adjective / ParticipleAberto

Check out some examples of how you can use these words in context:

Example of abrir as a verb:
Você vai abrir o pote de manteiga para mim?
Will you open the butter pot for me?

Example of aberto as a adjective:
Joaquim é muito aberto, ele adora novas experiências.
Joaquim is very open, he loves new experiences.

Example of aberto as a participle:
Você tinha aberto a porta para a visita entrar?
Did you open the door for the visitor to enter?

Abrir Conjugation in Portuguese

example of abrir in portuguese: eles não imaginavam que o tempo ia abrir no final do dia!

Come visit us in Copacabana to learn and practice more Portuguese. Come to our school, open the door and discover you are actually opening the lid on a magical world of Portuguese and opening your heart to all those who live in it! Ok ok ok, you already understood the meaning of the verb open, now we’ll go to the specifics of the conjugation of abrir in Portuguese. Abrir is a regular verb with termination -IR. Let’s see the abrir conjugation in Portuguese. Take a look:


PresentPast SimpleImperfect Past
Eu abroEu abriEu abria
Você abreVocê abriuVocê abria
Ele/ela abreEle/ela abriuEle/ela abria
Nós abrimosNós abrimosNós abríamos
Vocês abremVocês abriramVocês abriam
Eles/elas abremEles/elas abriramEles/elas abriam
Past pluperfect simplePast pluperfect composed
Eu abriraEu tinha aberto
Você abriraVocê tinha aberto
Ele/ela abriraEle/ela tinha aberto
Nós abríramosNós tínhamos aberto
Vocês abriramVocês tinham aberto
Eles/elas abriramEles/elas tinham aberto
Simple FutureImmediate FutureFuture of the past
Eu abrireiEu vou abrirEu abriria
Você abriráVocê vai abrirVocê abriria
Ele/ela abriráEle/ela vai abrirEle/ela abriria
Nós abriremosNós vamos abrirNós abriríamos
Vocês abrirãoVocês vão abrirVocês abririam
Eles/elas abrirãoEles/elas vão abrirEles/elas abririam


Abra vocêNão abra você
Abra ele/elaNão abra ele/ela
Abramos nósNão abramos nós
Abram vocêsNão abram vocês
Abram eles/elasNão abram eles/elas


PresentImperfect PastFuture
Que eu abraSe eu abrisseQuando eu abrir
Que você abraSe você abrisseQuando você abrir
Que ele/ela abraSe ele/ela abrisseQuando ele/ela abrir
Que nós abramosSe nós abríssemosQuando nós abrirmos
Que vocês abramSe vocês abrissemQuando vocês abrirem
Que eles/elas abramSe eles/elas abrissemQuando eles/elas abrirem

Other Tenses

Personal infinitiveGerundParticiple
Para abrir euAbrindoAberto*
Para abrir você  
Para abrir ele/ela  
Para abrirmos nós  
Para abrirem vocês  
Para abrirem eles/elas  

Examples with Open in Portuguese

example with abrir in portuguese: nós demos sorte: a igreja estava aberta para visitação!

Ela abre a mochila para pegar o dever de casa todas as manhãs.
She opens her backpack to get her homework every morning.

Eu abri uma garrafa de champanhe para comemorar meu aniversario!
I opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate my birthday!

As crianças abriam os presentes assim que acordavam na manhã de Natal.
Children opened presents as soon as they woke up on Christmas morning.

Joana tinha aberto o pote de mel para o chá.
Joana had opened the pot of honey for the tea.

Eu e Dilma abriremos um salão de beleza ano que vem!
Dilma and I will open a beauty salon next year!

As professoras vão abrir novas vagas para o curso?
Will the professors open new vacancies for the course?

Eu abriria a porta se não estivesse tomando banho.
I would open the door if I wasn’t taking a shower.

Não abra a porta para estranhos!
Do not open the door to strangers!

Eu estava abrindo o livro para estudar quando ele chegou.
I was opening the book to study when it arrived.

Você estava com o livro aberto durante a aula?
Did you have the book open during class?

Practice with Open in Portuguese

Piece of cake, right? Now let’s be sure that you really now know all about the abrir conjugation in Portuguese. We separated some verbs for you and using the sentences below, you’ll have to match the verbs to the correct sentences. Ok? Ok! GO!

abriráabríssemostinha abertoabriramabreabrirão
  1. Eu _______ a porta com tanta força que fez barulho.
  2. Pedro queria _______ meu diário, mas ele está fechado com um cadeado.
  3. O porteiro _______ a porta para os professores todos os dias.
  4. Marcos queria que José _______ a carta, mas ele nunca _______.
  5. O Museu do Amanhã foi _______ em 2015. Venha visitá-lo com nossa RioLIVE! 
  6. O portão _______ às 15:00 no próximo Domingo.
  7. _______ o seu coração e talvez as coisas deem certo para você.
  8. As crianças _______ os presentes com a maior rapidez.
  9. Poderíamos ficar ricos se _______ um novo restaurante.
  10. Quando eu fui pegar a pipoca, Marta já _______ ela.
  11. Vocês só _______ os presentes amanhã.

I hope you used the abrir conjugation in Portuguese correctly. Did you get everything right?! Congratulations!!! But if you didn’t, that’s ok. We’re here to help you study 🙂 Check out our Portuguese classes and see if one of them suits you <3.

A big hug to all of you! If you enjoyed our Dica about the verb abrir and its adjective and participle, aberto in Portuguese, send us a message on Twitter and tell us your thoughts! We’ll see you here at Rio & Learn!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Portuguese IR Verbs
IR Verbs in the Present Tense
IR Verbs in the Past Tense
Portuguese ER Verbs


  1. Eu abri a porta com tanta força que fez barulho. 
  2. Pedro queria abrir meu diário, mas ele está fechado com um cadeado. 
  3. O porteiro abre a porta para os professores todos os dias.
  4. Marcos queria que José abrisse a carta, mas ele nunca abriu
  5. O Museu do Amanhã foi aberto em 2015. Venha visitá-lo com nossa RioLIVE! 
  6. O portão abrirá às 15:00 no próximo Domingo.
  7. Abra o seu coração e talvez as coisas deem certo para você. 
  8. As crianças abriram os presentes com a maior rapidez.
  9. Poderíamos ficar ricos se abríssemos um novo restaurante. 
  10. Quando eu fui pegar a pipoca, Marta já tinha aberto ela.
  11. Vocês só abrirão os presentes amanhã. 

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