Portuguese Past Tense Exercises

example of past tense in portuguese: eles estavam felizes na riolive!

Hi folks, how are you? Ready to practice your Portuguese? In our Dica today we have some Portuguese past tense exercises for you. Do you remember the difference? First, we’ll take a look at a text with the Past Perfect and Imperfect in Portuguese, and we have a challenge for you: Identify which verbs are in the Past Perfect and which are in the Past Imperfect. Let’s read the text below:

1) Portuguese Past Tense Exercises: A Day at the Beach

Ontem decidi ir à praia com alguns amigos. O dia estava ótimo, muito calor e, por isso, decidimos que era um bom dia para ir à praia. Quando estávamos no carro, vimos que muitas pessoas tinham decidido ir à praia no mesmo dia, consequentemente, o trânsito estava um caos. Levamos mais ou menos uma hora e meia para conseguir chegar à praia da Barra da Tijuca, que é muito bonita.
Quando chegamos lá, a praia estava lotada! Muitas pessoas estavam se divertindo, tomando água de coco, conversando e jogando vôlei de praia. Enquanto meus amigos e eu tirávamos as coisas do carro, as meninas tentavam encontrar um lugar na areia. Elas conseguiram encontrar um lugar não muito distante da água; assim foi mais fácil para se refrescar.
Ficamos na praia durante todo o dia. Foi muito divertido e foi possível pegar um bronzeado enquanto bebíamos. As meninas bebiam cerveja enquanto eu bebia água de coco porque eu ia dirigir o carro de volta. Aproveitamos para ficar e assistir ao pôr-do-sol, que foi muito bonito. Depois de um longo dia na praia, voltamos para casa. Estávamos muito cansados, mas foi um dia muito bom. Mal vejo a hora de ir de novo.

Translation

Yesterday I decided to go to the beach with some friends. The day was fantastic, very warm and so we decided it was a good day to go to the beach. When we were in the car, we saw that lots of people had decided to go to the beach on the same day, therefore, the traffic was chaotic. It took roughly an hour and a half to be able to get to the beach in Barra da Tijuca, which is beautiful.
When we arrived there, the beach was packed! Many people were having fun, drinking coconut water, talking, and playing beach volleyball. While my friends and I were taking our things out of the car, the girls were trying to find a place for us on the sand. They managed to find a spot not too far from the water; so it was easier to cool down and refresh us.
We stayed at the beach the entire day. It was lots of fun, and it was possible to sunbathe a little bit while we drank. The girls drank beer while I drank coconut water, because I was going to drive the car on the way back. We took the opportunity to stay and watch the sunset, which was pretty. After a long day at the beach, we returned home. We were tired, but it was a particularly good day. I can’t wait to go again.

2) Portuguese Past Tense Exercises: Use past perfect and imperfect in Portuguese

  • (comprar) Antigamente, eu sempre ________ camisas naquela loja.
  • (comprar) Ontem, eu ________ uma camisa naquela loja.
  • (correr) Antigamente, Pedro e Paulo ________ todos os dias.
  • (correr) Eu ________ na maratona do Rio.
  • (falar/pagar) Enquanto eu ________ com o gerente ele ________ a conta.
  • (falar) Ontem, eu ________ com o gerente.
  • (viajar/estar) Quando nós ________ para o Rio de Janeiro, o clima ________ perfeito.
  • (chegar) Eles ________ ao aeroporto ontem à noite.
  • (entender/dizer) Eu não ________ nada do que você ________ . Pode repetir?
  • (beber) No passado, João ________ todos os fins de semana.

3) Portuguese Past Tense Exercises: Choose which phrase has the correct form of past tense

  • A gente comeram os docinhos da festa.
  • Os jovens se reuniram na igreja para um voluntariado.
  • Você sabe se Pedro já foi para a Grécia?
  • Minha namorada fui uma estudante de farmácia.
  • Eles reclamara dos erros que a prova tinha.
  • Eu ficava muito feliz quando ia para casa.
  • Quanto você bebeu ontem?
  • Nós tirávamos na sorte quem iria comer o último pedaço do bolo.

4) Portuguese Past Tense Exercises: Complete the phrases with the correct verbs on the left

(A) amava(1) José ___________ macarrão todo domingo com a família.
(B) conseguiu(2) As crianças ___________ brincar no play.
(C) bebeu(3) Ela ___________ o seu cachorro chamado Beto.
(D) comia(4) Já ___________ fazer sua inscrição na Rio & Learn?
(E) preparou(5) Joana ___________ muito na festa ontem.
(F) foram(6) Minha mãe ___________ toda a comida do Natal sozinha.

Did you manage to identify the verbs in Past Perfect and Imperfect in our Portuguese past tense exercises? Send us your answers on our Twitter. We hope you got all of them right.

We will see you at the next Dica!
Huge kiss from our school in Copacabana!

 Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Perfect and Imperfect Past
Pretérito Imperfeito in Portuguese
Pretérito Imperfeito with Irregular Verbs
Discuss in Portuguese

Answers

1) A Day at the Beach

DecidiPerfect
EstavaImperfect
DecidimosPerfect
EstávamosImperfect
VimosPerfect
EstavaImperfect
LevamosPerfect
ChegamosPerfect
EstavaImperfect
EstavamImperfect
TirávamosImperfect
TentavamImperfect
ConseguiramPerfect
FoiPerfect
FicamosPerfect
FoiPerfect
FoiPerfect
BebíamosImperfect
BebiamImperfect
BebiaImperfect
IaImperfect
AproveitamosPerfect
FoiPerfect
VoltamosPerfect
EstávamosImperfect
FoiPerfect

2) Use past perfect and imperfect in Portuguese

  • Antigamente, eu sempre comprava camisas naquela loja.
  • Ontem, eu comprei uma camisa naquela loja.
  • Antigamente, Pedro e Paulo corriam todos os dias.
  • Eu corri na maratona do Rio.
  • Enquanto eu falava com o gerente ele pagava a conta.
  • Ontem, eu falei com o gerente.
  • Quando nós viajamos para o Rio de Janeiro, o clima estava perfeito.
  • Eles chegaram ao aeroporto ontem à noite.
  • Eu não entendi nada do que você disse. Pode repetir?
  • No passado, João bebia todos os fins de semana.

3) Choose which phrase uses the correct form of past tense

  • Errado. A gente comeu os docinhos da festa.
  • Correto.
  • Correto.
  • Errado. Minha namorada foi uma estudante de farmácia.
  • Errado. Eles reclamaram dos erros que a prova tinha.
  • Certo.
  • Certo.
  • Certo.

4) Complete the phrases with the right verbs on the left

(A) amava(1) José comia macarrão todo domingo com a família.
(B) conseguiu(2) As crianças foram brincar no play.
(C) bebeu(3) Ela amava o seu cachorro chamado Beto.
(D) comia(4) Já conseguiu fazer sua inscrição na Rio & Learn?
(E) preparou(5) Joana bebeu muito na festa ontem.
(F) foram(6) Minha mãe preparou toda a comida do Natal sozinha.

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