Present Tense of Ir in Portuguese

Example sentence using the present tense of Ir in Portuguese with a ferry boat: A barca vai para Niterói.

Everybody who has ever tried to learn a new language knows perfectly well that the trickiest part is learning the exceptions, not the rules. And, unfortunately for us, the present tense of ir in Portuguese is one big exception, Fortunately, however, today’s Dica do Dia tells you all about it!

Conjugation of Present Tense of Ir in Portuguese

Conjugation in the present tense of Ir in Portuguese: eu vou, você vai, ele/ela vai, nós vamos, vocês vão, eles/elas vão.

The verb ir in Portuguese means “to go“. And much like in English, the present tense of ir can be used to indicate directions and places where we want to go, as well as expressing things we will be doing soon. We’re going to take a look at that in a hot minute, but first, check out the conjugation of the verb ir in the present tense:

PronounsVerb IrPronunciation
Ele / Elavai
Eles / Elasvão

Using Ir to Talk About Direction and Place

An important thing to remember when using the verb ir in Portuguese is that, just like in English, we need a preposition to indicate the place we want to go to. In Portuguese, that preposition is either para or a. Just be careful when using a, because sometimes you may need to use the “A” accent in Portuguese!

Besides the verb ir, it’s important to understand two other structures. We have Dicas just for them, so you can review these structures if necessary. First, you have to know how to use the verb ir with the preposition de, and second, use this verb and preposition in combination with a means of transportation.

Examples to Indicate Direction and Place

Eu sempre vou para o cinema no fim de semana.
I always go to the movies during the weekend.

Minha mãe vai para Pequim em agosto.
My mother goes to Beijing in August.

Eu e meus amigos vamos à Confeitaria Colombo na RioLIVE! de hoje.
My friends and I go to Confeitaria Colombo in today’s RioLIVE!

Using Ir to Talk About the Future

Now, if you want to talk about a future action, you can simply use the present tense of ir in Portuguese with another verb in the infinitive form. Usually, this form of the future is only used with confirmed future plans (not something you think you might do), and only for the near future (not three years from now!). You can read more about it in this Dica.

Examples with Ir to Describe Future Plans

Eles vão surfar amanhã de manhã.
They are going to surf tomorrow morning.

Quando você vai viajar para Manaus?
When are you going to travel to Manaus?

Ela vai tirar um visto de estudante para o Brasilvai ficar um ano aqui.
She‘s going to get a Brazilian student visa and she‘s going to stay here for one year.

More Examples with the Present Tense of Ir in Portuguese

Eu vou para o centro.
I’m going Downtown.

Você vai para a França este ano?
Are you going to France this year?

Ele vai para a Rio & Learn de metrô.
He goes to Rio & Learn by metro.

Nós vamos para São Paulo.
We are going to São Paulo.

Para onde vocês vão?
Where are you going?

Eles vão para o hotel da cidade.
They are going to the city hotel.

Now it’s your turn!

A) Complete with the correct form of the Present Tense of Ir in Portuguese:

  1. Nós _______ para Fortaleza e Recife.
  2. Eu _______ para Minas Gerais para visitar meu avô.
  3. Eles _______ ao shopping todos os dias.
  4. Quando vocês _______ para o aeroporto?
  5. Maria _______ para São Paulo neste fim de semana.
  6. Hoje eu não _______ cedo para casa.
  7. Você _______ para a academia todo mês?
  8. Para onde eles _______ na quinta-feira?
  9. Eu e Nathália _______ para a praia no próximo sábado.
  10. Eu sinto a sua falta sempre que você _______ à Holanda.

B) Create sentences based on the examples:

(nós – casa) Nós vamos para casa.
(eu – aprender) Eu vou aprender português no Rio de Janeiro.

  1. (você – aeroporto)
  2. (eles – estudar)
  3. (ela – visitar o Brasil)
  4. (nós – centro)
  5. (eu – jogar futebol)
  6. (eles – Espanha)
  7. (vocês – escola)
  8. (ele – viajar)
  9. (nós – Lapa)
  10. (você – comer)
  11. (eu – conhecer o Cristo Redentor)
  12. (eu – bar)
  13. (nós – ver um filme)
  14. (elas – clube)
  15. (você – escrever um livro)

Now, tell me, para quais pontos turísticos você vai quando está no Rio de Janeiro? See you in the next Dica with more free Portuguese lessons.
Bye bye!

Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Go in Portuguese
Past Tense Ir in Portuguese
Rio de Janeiro Metro
Means of Transport in Portuguese



  1. vamos
  2. vou
  3. vão
  4. vão
  5. vai
  6. vou
  7. vai
  8. vão
  9. vamos
  10. vai


  1. Você vai para o aeroporto.
  2. Eles vão estudar.
  3. Ela vai visitar o Brasil.
  4. Nós vamos para o centro.
  5. Eu vou jogar futebol.
  6. Eles vão para a Espanha.
  7. Vocês vão para a escola.
  8. Ele vai viajar.
  9. Nós vamos para a Lapa.
  10. Você vai comer.
  11. Eu vou conhecer o Cristo Redentor.
  12. Eu vou para o bar.
  13. Nós vamos ver um filme.
  14. Elas vão para o clube.
  15. Você vai escrever um livro.

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