Questions in Portuguese

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Howdy y’all! In today’s Dica you’ll learn all about questions in Portuguese, so you’ll be able to start asking questions in no time! We will take a look at both question words and question tags. Ready? Go!

Portuguese Question Words

We use interrogative sentences when we ask someone a question. Every interrogative sentence ends with a question mark: ? But to fully understand the structures needed to make questions in Portuguese, we need to take a quick look at the question words in Portuguese. Some Portuguese question words are: what (o que), when (quando), where (onde), who (quem) and why (por que). In Portuguese, they are called “Pronomes Interrogativos”, and you can take a better look at them here. Besides that, it’s very important to know the basic Portuguese verbs so you’ll know how to create the questions that you want to ask. Take a look at some examples:

O que você vai comer hoje?
What are you going to eat today?

Onde você mora?
Where do you live?

Quando você chega no Brasil?
When will you arrive in Brazil?

Por que ele está aqui?
Why is he here?

Quem é você?
Who are you?

Common Questions in Portuguese

Take a look at this table of the most common and important questions in Portuguese. With these you can start a basic conversation with anyone!

De onde você é?Where are you from?
Quanto custa?How much does it cost?
Onde você mora?Where do you live?
Quantos anos você tem?How old are you?
Qual é o seu trabalho?What’s your job?
Que línguas você fala?What languages do you speak?
Você já viu?Have you already seen?
Onde está ______ ?Where is ______ ? 
Quem é você? / Quem são vocês?Who are you? 
O que é isso?What is this? 
O que você faz?What do you do?
Quando você vai viajar?When are you going to travel? 

Examples of Questions in Brazilian Portuguese

example of questions in portuguese: você já visitou a favela dona marta?

These examples are great to understand how we use questions on a daily basis in Portuguese.

Você mora no Rio de Janeiro?
Do you live in Rio de Janeiro?

Onde está o seu irmão?
Where is your brother?

Você vai viajar no fim de semana?
Are you going to travel this weekend?

Onde eles aprenderam português?
Where did they learn Portuguese?

Você já se inscreveu na Dica do Dia?
Have you subscribed to the Dica do Dia yet?

Also remember, we have a similar structure to question tags in Portuguese when making such questions! The tag questions in Portuguese are explained fully in another Dica we created for you.

Você sabe para onde eles vão, não sabe?
You know where they’re going, don’t you?

Eles vão chegar cedo, não vão?
They’ll be early, won’t they?

A sua mãe trabalha em uma livraria, não trabalha?
Your mother works in a bookstore, doesn’t she?

Você já viu os preços da Rio & Learn, não viu?
You’ve already seen Rio & Learn’s prices, haven’t you?

Ana e Júlia são irmãs, não são?
Ana and Julia are sisters, aren’t they?

Answers for Basic Questions in Portuguese

When asking questions in Portuguese, we can’t neglect to teach you how you should answer these questions. In Brazilian culture, simple answers as sim (yes) or não (no) can be received as a somewhat cold or rude answer. Brazilians often use a simple and polite structure to answer questions in Portuguese, as the examples below show:

Você gosta de comer açaí?
Sim, eu gosto!
Do you like to eat açaí?
Yes, I do!

Você tem amigos no Rio de Janeiro?
Do you have friends in Rio de Janeiro?
Yes, I do!

So it’s quite simple: you just need to reply answering sim (yes) or não (no), and then use the right pronoun and verb combination! Or even answer only using the main verb (conjugated correctly!) as in the second example. Easy, right?

Now it’s Your Turn!

Make questions for the answers below:

  1. _________________________________________
    Sim, eu gosto de cerveja.
  2. _________________________________________
    Não, não podemos dançar samba.
  3. _________________________________________
    Sim, eles querem viajar para o Rio.
  4. _________________________________________
    Sim, eu entendi a lição.
  5. _________________________________________
    Não, você não me deu o dinheiro.
  6. _________________________________________
    Sim, nós vamos à praia mais tarde.
  7. _________________________________________
    Não, eu não preciso comprar roupas.
  8. _________________________________________
    Não, eles não conhecem o Pelé.

That’s all for today, everyone! We have just learned about the interrogative sentences in Portuguese, so what do you say we hit the streets and practice a bit? You can also come to our Facebook page and talk to us! We’ll be waiting to see you in our next Dica (or here in Rio de Janeiro)!

See you then!

Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Portuguese Question Words
Basic Portuguese Verbs
Types of sentences in Portuguese
Affirmative sentences in Portuguese


  1. Você gosta de cerveja?
    Sim, eu gosto de cerveja.
  2. Vocês podem dançar samba?
    Não, não podemos dançar samba.
  3. Eles querem viajar para o Rio?
    Sim, eles querem viajar para o Rio.
  4. Você entendeu a lição?
    Sim, eu entendi a lição.
  5. Eu te dei o dinheiro?
    Não, você não me deu o dinheiro.
  6. Vocês vão à praia mais tarde?
    Sim, nós vamos à praia mais tarde.
  7. Você precisa comprar roupas?
    Não, eu não preciso comprar roupas.
  8. Eles conhecem o Pelé?
    Não, eles não conhecem o Pelé.

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