Polite requests in Portuguese

Frase de ejemplo para pedir algo en portugués: Você gostaria de um cafezinho?

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How to make polite requests in Portuguese

There is always more than one way to say things, right? When learning Portuguese, is important to know how to say things in an informal and formal way, so you can decide which one to use according to the situation you’re in. Today we are going to learn how to be polite in Portuguese.

For us to make requests, we use the polite form in order to be more cordial. The common verbs used for this are Poder, Gostar and Querer. But it’s not enough to just use these verbs, to be polite we have to use them in the Futuro do Pretérito.

Let’s take a look at the structure:

Structure of formal verbs

Notice that the verb querer is not in the form of Futuro do Pretérito. This verb is not often used in this specific tense, so we prefer using it in the Imperfect Past. So the Imperfect Past of querer in Portuguese can transform a sentence into a more polite way.

Making a polite request in Portuguese: We use the verbs poder, gostar and querer following this structure: poder - poderia, gostar - gostaria, querer - queria.

Now let’s take a look at some examples so that we can understand it better:

Examples with the verb Poder

Você poderia, por favor, me trazer um copo d’água?
Could you please bring me a glass of water?

Você poderia me encontrar às duas da tarde em Copacabana?
Could you meet me at 2 p.m. in Copacabana?

Você poderia ligar para a Juliana? O telefone dela é três – cinco – meia – dois – quatro – um – nove.
Could you call Juliana? Her phone number in three – five – six – two – four – one – nine.

Alguém poderia me emprestar uma borracha?
Could anyone lend me an eraser?

Poderia me ajudar? Estou procurando um restaurante.
Could you help me? I’m looking for a restaurant.

Examples with the verb Gostar

Seja bem vindo à Rio & Learn. Você gostaria de um cafezinho?
Welcome to Rio & Learn. Would you like some coffee?

Vocês gostariam de visitar o Pão de Açúcar com a gente amanhã?
Would you like to visit Pão de Açúcar with us tomorrow?

Você gostaria de conhecer meus amigos brasileiros?
Would you like to meet my Brazilian friends?

Quem gostaria de beber uma cerveja mais tarde?
Who would like to have a beer later?

Eu gostaria de uma feijoada, por favor.
I would like a Feijoada, please.

Examples with the verb Querer

Eu queria um cafezinho e um pouco de açúcar.
I would like a small coffee with a little sugar.

Boa tarde, eu queria usar o banheiro. Onde fica?
Good afternoon, I would like to use the toilet. Where is it?

Queria que você me levasse ao cinema.
I would like you to take me to the movie theater.

Nós queríamos um pudim como sobremesa.
We would like some pudim for dessert.

Eu queria uma Caipirinha para mim e um suco de abacaxi para minha namorada.
I would like a Caipirinha for me and a pineapple juice for my girlfriend.

Exercise for making polite requests in Portuguese

To practice a little more, read the sentences below and tell us which ones are polite requests according to what we’ve studied today. At the end of this Dica you’ll find a list with the numbers indicating the polite forms.

  1. Eu quero um copo de água, por favor.
  2. Vocês gostariam de vir comigo?
  3. Você poderia esperar um momento?
  4. Fale comigo depois.
  5. Me traz uma pizza!
  6. Você poderia me dar o recibo?
  7. Eu gostaria de estudar Português Online.
  8. Você poderia ficar mais tempo no Brasil com um visto de estudante de 1 ano.
  9. Fala mais baixo!
  10. Você poderia falar mais baixo?

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The sentences in the polite form are: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 e 9.

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