Present Continuous in Portuguese

example of usage for present continuous in protuguese: eles estão comendo doces na confeitaria colombo!

Hey guys! Today, we are going to talk about the present continuous in Portuguese. Do you know how to use this tense? It’s not that hard, we promise!

Structure of the Present Continuous in Portuguese

Structure of the present continuous: presente do verbo estar + verbo principal + -ndo. Example with the present continuous tense in Portuguese: Onde você está morando? Eu estou morando em Copacabana.

It’s formed by combining the present tense of the verb “estar” (to be) with the gerund form of the main verb. Check out how we use this gerund for each type of ending in Portuguese tenses:

Infinitive VerbGerund Verb
FalarFalando
ComerComendo
DormirDormindo

How to Use Present Continuous in Portuguese

In Portuguese, the present continuous tense (also known as “presente contínuo” or “presente progressivo”) is used to describe actions that are happening at the moment of speaking or actions that are ongoing and temporary. Here are some situations in which the present continuous tense is commonly used in Portuguese:

Current Actions: The present continuous is used to describe actions that are happening right now or around the time of speaking. Example:
Estou comendo agora.
I am eating now.

Temporary Situations: It’s used to describe temporary situations or conditions that are in progress. Example:
Ela está estudando para o exame.
She is studying for the exam.

Future Plans: In Portuguese, the present continuous can be used to describe future plans when the intention is firm and scheduled. Example:
Estou saindo com amigos amanhã.
I’m going out with friends tomorrow.

Annoyances or Habits: It can be used to express annoyance or emphasize temporary habits. Example:
Ele está sempre chegando atrasado.
He is always arriving late.

Ongoing Changes: Present continuous can be used to describe ongoing changes or developments. Example:
A população está crescendo rapidamente.
The population is growing rapidly.

Description of a Scene: It’s used to set the scene or provide context in descriptions. Example:
A lua está iluminando a noite.
The moon is lighting up the night.

Examples of Present Continuous in Portuguese

Eu estou lendo um ótimo livro de Luis Fernando Veríssimo.
I am reading a very nice Luis Fernando Veríssimo’s book.

O que você está fazendo?
What are you doing?

Ele está na sala assistindo o filme Cidade de Deus.
He is in the living room watching the film Cidade de Deus.

Nós estamos estudando português na Rio & Learn.
We are studying Portuguese at Rio & Learn.

Vocês estão atendendo muitos clientes nesta loja hoje, não estão?
You are attending many clients in this store today, aren’t you?

Eles estão gostando de estudar no Rio de Janeiro.
They are enjoying studying in Rio de Janeiro.

Now it’s your turn!

Complete the sentences with the present continuous tense in Portuguese:

  1. (esperar) Agora, a Ana _____________ o ônibus na rodoviária.
  2. (gostar/passar) Eu não ___________ do filme que ___________ no SBT agora.
  3. (usar) Nós ___________ roupas brancas porque é dia de Ano Novo.
  4. (mostrar) Os guias ____________ a cidade para os turistas.
  5. (ensinar) Os professores ____________ português na melhor escola de Copacabana.
  6. (tocar) Meu celular ___________ muito alto.
  7. (dançar) Eu ___________ forró.
  8. (nadar) Os estrangeiros ____________ na praia de Copacabana.
  9. (estudar) Nós ______________ português.

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Gerund in Portuguese
Present Tense of Estar in Portuguese
Portuguese Imperfect Past
While in Portuguese

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