Present Perfect in Portuguese

Ejemplo con el Pretérito Perfecto Compuesto en Portugués: Eles têm se divertido muito no Rio.

Hello dear friends! Ready to learn Portuguese online? In Today’s Dica we’ll talk about the present perfect in Portuguese. Tell us, what have you been doing recently?

What is the present perfect in Portuguese?

Comparing tenses in different languages can be tricky because we won’t always have equivalent tenses in each language. By luck, we can establish a relationship between the present perfect in Portuguese and the pretérito perfeito composto.

This tense it is used to describe a repeated action that has occurred in the past, extending to the present. For example, something that we started doing months ago, but we still do nowadays.

To form the present perfect we must follow this structure:

Present Perfect in Portuguese formation: verb ter in the present + participle form of the main verb. Example: tenho falado.

As you can see, we’ll always use the verb ter in the present tense and add our main verb in the participle form. The participle forms are used in the passive voice and compound tenses in Portuguese.

Let’s use the verb comer (to eat), and observe how we conjugate it in the present perfect.

Eu tenho comido
Você tem comido
Ele/ela tem comido
Nós temos comido
Vocês têm comido
Eles/elas têm comido

Examples of the present perfect in Portuguese

Ultimamente, eu não tenho dormido bem.
Lately, I haven’t been sleeping well.

Eles têm estudado Português.
They have been studying Portuguese.

Nós temos juntado dinheiro para viajar.
We have been saving money to travel.

Ela tem conversado com a namorada bastante.
She has been talking to her girlfriend a lot.

Os estudantes têm ido às Atividades RioLIVE!
The students have been going to RioLIVE! Activities. 

Now it’s your turn!

What have you been up to lately? And how about your friends and family? Use the list below as inspiration and create sentences. At the end of this Dica, you’ll find some suggested sentences.

  • Falar sobre / Falar com
  • Comer
  • Dormir
  • Estudar
  • Passear
  • Sair
  • Beber

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Hope you enjoyed today’s Dica! Until the next one!


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Portuguese Verb Ter
Passive Voice in Portuguese
Portuguese Past Tense
Portuguese Past Tense Exercises




  1. Eu tenho falado muito com a minha família.
  2. Temos conversado sobre natureza e comida.
  3. Ela tem comido bastante pizza.
  4. Ultimamente ele tem dormido muito bem.
  5. Eles têm estudado Português e outras línguas.
  6. Eu tenho passeado nos parques perto da minha casa.
  7. Ultimamente não tenho saído muito.
  8. Elas têm bebido cervejas toda semana.

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