Pedir Conjugation

example with verb pedir and its conjugation in portuguese: os estudantes pediram caipirinhas no restaurante.

What would you ask for if a genie granted you three wishes? I’d ask to be able to speak all languages fluently. Unfortunately, there are no genies around here! So if you want to learn Portuguese, you’ve got to stick with us. Today, let’s talk about Pedir in Portuguese, it’s a very versatile verb! Let’s learn the verb pedir conjugation, learn how to pronounce and how to use it, and practice with an exercise.

Meaning of Pedir in Portuguese

Let’s begin by the basics, right? What is the meaning of pedir in Portuguese? Well, the verb “pedir” in Portuguese means “to ask for” or “to request.” It is a commonly used verb when you want to express the action of asking someone for something or making a request. Depending on the context, it can also be translated as “to order” when you’re requesting something in a restaurant or similar situations.

Learn to Pronounce Pedir in Portuguese

You gotta learn how to pronounce pedir perfectly so we can jump to its conjugation. Take a moment to listen to the audio below and repeat after us!

Pedir Conjugation in Portuguese

example with pedir conjugation in portuguese: Eles pediram à professora para ver o pôr do sol!

The letters in bold are the endings we need to add to the root of regular verbs in Portuguese. The asterisk marks the irregular forms of the verb. Remember, this is a verb ending in -IR. Check it out:


PresentPast SimpleImperfect Past
Eu peço*Eu pediEu pedia
Você pedeVocê pediuVocê pedia
Ele / ela pedeEle / ela pediuEle / ela pedia
Nós pedimosNós pedimosNós pedíamos
Vocês pedemVocês pediramVocês pediam
Eles / elas pedemEles / elas pediramEles / elas pediam
Past pluperfect simplePast pluperfect composed
Eu pediraEu tinha pedido
Você pediraVocê tinha pedido
Ele / ela pediraEle / ela tinha pedido
Nós pedíramosNós tínhamos pedido
Vocês pediramVocês tinham pedido
Eles / elas pediramEles / elas tinham pedido
Simple FutureImmediate FutureFuture of the past
Eu pedireiEu vou pedirEu pediria
Você pediráVocê vai pedirVocê pediria
Ele / ela pediráEle / ela vai pedirEle / ela pediria
Nós pediremosNós vamos pedirNós pediríamos
Vocês pedirãoVocês vão pedirVocês pediriam
Eles / elas pedirãoEles / elas vão pedirEles / elas pediriam


Peça você*Não peça você*
Peça ele / ela*Não peça ele / ela*
Peçamos nós*Não peçamos nós*
Peçam vocês*Não peçam vocês*
Peçam eles / elas*Não peçam eles / elas*


PresentImperfect PastFuture
Que eu peça*Se eu pedisseQuando eu pedir
Que você peça*Se você pedisseQuando você pedir
Que ele / ela peça*Se ele / ela pedisseQuando ele / ela pedir
Que nós peçamos*Se nós pedíssemosQuando nós pedirmos
Que vocês peçam*Se vocês pedissemQuando vocês pedirem
Que eles / elas peçam*Se eles / elas pedissemQuando eles / elas pedirem

Other Tenses

Personal infinitiveGerundParticiple
Para pedir euPedindoPedido
Para pedir você  
Para pedir ele/ela  
Para pedirmos nós  
Para pedirem vocês  
Para pedirem eles/elas  

As you can see, the conjugation of pedir in Portuguese is mostly regular. That sure helps a lot! But how can we use pedir in Portuguese?

Examples of Pedir Conjugation

If you study Portuguese in Brazil, you will quickly find out how we, Brazilians, love to say pedir for everything in life. Take a look at the examples below and look how else you can use this important verb!

Eu vou pedir um café.
I’m going to order for a coffee.

Ela pediu para eu revisar o trabalho.
She asked me to review the the task.

Você pode pedir o cardápio, por favor?
Can you ask for the menu, please?

Nós tinhamos pedido peixe, mas veio carne.
We had ordered fish, but meat came.

Estou pedindo autorização ao meu pai para ir na festa.
I’m asking my dad for permission to go to the party.

Expressions with Pedir in Portuguese

example with pedir as an expression: Os alunos pediram ajuda para entender o mapa.

Pedir a palavra: This is a very used expression for when you want to have the opportunity to talk. Example:
Ele pediu a palavra durante o debate.
He asked to speak during the debate.

Pedir a Deus: You can use this expression when you are praying for something or asking something from God. Example:
Joana pediu a Deus que ajudasse seus pais.
Joana asked God to help her parents.

Pedir ajuda: You need to know this expression! We use it when we need to ask for help from someone. Example:
Você precisa pedir ajuda para estudar português!
You need to ask for help to study Portuguese!

Pedir permissão: You use this one when you need to ask for permission from someone to do something. Example:
A criança pediu permissão para ir ao banheiro.
The kid asked permission to go to the bathroom.

Pedir comida: You can use this one when you got order food, either by an app or by the phone. Example:
Vamos pedir comida? Você prefere pizza ou hamburguer?
Let’s order food? You prefer pizza or hamburguer?

Pedir esmola: When someone is asking for money on the streets to help them out, this is called pedir esmola. Example:
O morador de rua pediu esmola no sinal.
The beggar asked for alms at the traffic light.

Pedir em casamento: This is a very special expression used when someone is asking another person in marriage. Example:
Meu filho vai pedir em casamento sua namorada.
My son is going to propose to his girlfriend.

Practicing Pedir Conjugation in Portuguese

Now it’s time to practice! Look carefully and figure out if the sentences below have the correct pedir conjugation. Don’t forget that the answers are listed at the end of this Dica!

  1. Na padaria eu sempre pediu uma café e um sanduíche.
  2. João me pediu ajuda ontem.
  3. Eu queria que você tivesse pedido o celular antes de pegar emprestado.
  4. O professor sempre pediram silêncio.
  5. Os amigos pediram cervejas no bar.
  6. Estou com vergonha de pedir o sorvete. Peça você!
  7. Eles queriam que eu pedira desconto na loja.
  8. Quando seus pais peço, é melhor fazer.
  9. Moisés vai pedir desculpas quando vocês pedirem.
  10. Quando era criança, Marta sempre pedia sorvete aos seus pais.

That’s all for today! We hope you have enjoyed this Dica do Dia about the verb pedir in Portuguese!
Hugs from Rio de Janeiro!
Bye bye!

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Correct sentences: 23, 5, 6, 9 10. 

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