Present Tense of Estar in Portuguese

two students learning how to fight capoeira. headline about verb estar in the present: "eles estão na aula de capoeira"

Hey everybody! Learning Portuguese can be quite the challenge — especially when you’re trying to understand the difference between ser and estar. And conjugating verbs! Agh! That can be such a pain. But today, let’s try to clear up some of that! Let’s talk about the present tense of estar in Portuguese!

We use the verb estar to express locality, continuous action, temperature or adjective. Usually, the use of this verb is correlated to temporary things or that can change easily. Take a look at the conjugation of estar in the present simple and listen to the pronunciation:

Pronoun + VerbPronunciation
Eu estou
Você está
Ele / Ela está
Nós estamos
Vocês estão
Eles / Elas estão

Examples with the Present Tense of Estar in Portuguese

Eu estou sick.
Você está feliz?Are you happy?
No Rioestá muito calor agora. Preciso de uma água de coco.In Rio, it’s very hot now. I need some coconut water.
Nós estamos muito cansados.We are very tired.
Vocês estão felizes?Are you happy?
Os livros não estão na estante.The books are not on the shelf.

Now, we learned more about the present tense of Estar in Portuguese. Shall we practice?

Now it’s your turn!

Conjugation of verb estar in Portuguese in simple present tense: eu estou, você está, ele/ela está, nós estamos, vocês estão, eles/elas estão.

Complete the sentences with the correct conjugation of the verb Estar. Use the image above to guide you!

  1. E aí, Ana? Como você _________?
  2. Os alunos _________ prontos para o exame CELPE-Bras.
  3. Vocês _________ em casa?
  4. Não sei onde _________ minha chave.
  5. A gente _________ com muita sede.
  6. As minhas amigas _________ no Paço Imperial.
  7. Nós _________ cansados depois de correr tanto.
  8. Ele _________ atrasado para a escola.
  9. Você _________ bonita hoje!
  10. Não _________ bem. Preciso ir para o médico.
  11. Eu _________ em São Paulo.
  12. Ela não _________ em casa.
  13. A comida _________ boa, mas _________ um pouco fria.
  14. Elas _________ felizes.
  15. Nós _________ com fome.
  16. Hoje ele _________ de mau humor.
  17. Nossa! Hoje _________ muito frio.
  18. Minha esposa e eu _________ cansados por causa da festa.
  19. João e Maria _________  juntos há 15 anos.
  20. Alô, Diogo! Onde você _________ ?

Practice the verb estar by locating objects in your house, talking about things that people are doing or giving characteristics to your friends! See you in the next Dica with another Portuguese lesson!

Bye bye!

 Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Estar in Portuguese
Exercises Ser and Estar in Portuguese
Estar Dialogue
Differences Between Andar and Estar


  1. está
  2. estão
  3. estão
  4. está
  5. está
  6. estão
  7. estamos
  8. está
  9. está
  10. estou
  11. estou
  12. está
  13. está / está
  14. estão
  15. estamos
  16. está
  17. está
  18. estamos
  19. estão
  20. está

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