Present as Future in Portuguese

What’s up everyone? Well, in Today’s Dica, we are going to talk about Present as Future in Portuguese. What does it mean? Verbs that we can write in the present, but they imply the action takes place in the future. We are going to understand this with some examples and by practicing it with an exercise.

In addition, check out the Video Dica about the Present as future in Portuguese and practice your knowledge with an exercise!

The present as Future in Portuguese – What is it?

Many times in the Brazilian Portuguese language, there are some verbs that are in the present that give an idea of the future, sounds crazy, right? But actually it’s not that hard. Sometimes, in everyday speech, we use the form ir (to go) + infinitive of the verb.

And, sometimes, we use the verb in the present but giving the idea of something that will happen in the future. How can I know that? Well, some future expressions can show us in what tense it is. Don’t be alarmed, with the examples below everything is going to be clear! Check it out!

Examples in the Future

Amanhã, vou falar com você sobre o exercício.
Tomorrow, I am going to talk to you about the exercise.

Semana que vem, vou viajar para Sampa (São Paulo).
Next week, I am going to travel to Sampa. 

No Carnaval, eles vão estar no Rio de Janeiro.
During Carnival, they are going to be in Rio de Janeiro.

Nós não vamos mais viajar amanhã.
We are not going to travel tomorrow anymore.

We can observe that all the verbs are in the immediate future: I am going to talk, I am going to travel, they are going to be and we are going to travel. Easy? I thought so 😉

Now, we are going to use the same examples with the verbs in the present, but the idea is still the same, it’s future too. Check it out:

Examples in the Present as Future in Portuguese

Amanhã falo com você sobre o exercício.
Tomorrow, I talk to you about the exercise.

Na semana que vem eu viajo para Sampa. (São Paulo).
Next week I travel to Sampa (São Paulo)

No Carnaval eles estão no Rio.
During Carnival, they are in Rio.

Bom, estamos em Outubro, Carnaval é em Fevereiro.
Well, we are in October, Carnival is in February

Nós não viajamos mais amanhã.
We won’t travel tomorrow anymore.

Well, now you can see that by the use of future expressions like tomorrow, next week, in carnival and is in February  the present tense has the same meaning as the future tense!

So, observe here that the verbs that are in the present, like I talk, I travel, they are and they travel, they continue to give the idea of a future action, because of the future expressions we listed before.

So, before doing our Portuguese lessons, listen to this explanation in Portuguese to practice this subject a little bit more and make your vocabulary grow! Are you excited? Me too!


Now it’s your turn!

Put the sentences below in the future using the Present as Future:

  1. Amanhã nós _______ (ir) ao cinema para assistir um filme vencedor do Oscar!
  2. Semana que vem eu _______ (começar) a estudar Português online porque _______ (ir) viajar para Salvador.
  3. Quarta feira nós _______ (ir) vamos para a praia de Copacabana porque vai fazer sol!
  4. Eles não vão cozinhar amanhã porque eles _______ (ir) jantar em um restaurante.
  5. Amanhã eu não _______ (ir) correr na praia porque eu machuquei o meu joelho ontem.
  6. Nós não _______ (viajar) mais amanhã porque o voo foi cancelado por causa da neve.
  7. Amanhã eu _______ (começar) a aprender Português porque eu amo a cultura brasileira.
  8. Eles não _______ (ir) poder ir para o Rio de Janeiro nesse mês porque eles _______ (ir) estar trabalhando.
  9. Hoje não _______ (ir) dar. Amanhã eu _______ (falar) com ela sobre esse assunto.
  10. Amanhã não _______ (ir) poder ir ao aniversário dele porque _______ (viajar) logo cedo.

Well, so that’s it! very simple, right? I hope to see you again in our next Dica and that perhaps I see you in our Portuguese School!

See you!

Bye, bye!

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Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Simple Future Exercises in Portuguese
Immediate Future
Futuro simples
Futuro simples irregular



  1. vamos
  2. começo/ vou
  3. vamos
  4. vão
  5. vou
  6. vamos
  7. começo
  8. vão/ vão
  9. vai/ falo
  10. vou/ viajo

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