Ter Present Tense Portuguese

11 de October de 2021

Welcome to another Dica do dia! This time, let’s talk a little bit more about Ter Present Tense in Portuguese and show you some examples. Do you remember this verb?

Present tense of the Verb “To have” in Portuguese?

The verb “Ter” is super important because it has many different uses. First, let’s understand in which situations we can use this verb:

  • Eu tenho 22 anos.
    I am 22 years old.

    • We can use the verb “Ter” to indicate our age.
  • Ela tem dois irmรฃos.
    She has two brothers.

    • Here, the verb “Ter” serves to explain one’s family.
  • Vocรช tem um cachorro, mas nรฃo tem um gato.
    You have a dog but you don’t have a cat.

    • In this example, we describe the things someone has or doesn’t have
  • Todos nรณs temos cabelos castanhos.
    We have brown hair.

    • We use the verb “Ter” here to talk about a physical characteristic of someone. But we can also use it to talk about feelings and personality traits.
  • Eles tรชm muita forรงa de vontade.
    They have a lot of willpower.

    • The verb “Ter” in the example above is used to express a personality trait.

It’s not difficult, right? The verb “Ter” is irregular, which means it doesn’t have a very clear rule regarding conjugation. That’s why we have to pay close attention when we use it. Now, see below how we conjugate this verb in the present tense:

Conjugaรงรฃo do Verbo "Ter"
Verbo ter (presente) Eu tenho. Vocรช tem. Ele/Ela tem. Nรณs temos. Vocรชs Tรชm. Eles/Elas Tรชm.

IMPORTANT! Remember that we have to add the circumflex accent to  tem/tรชm in plural forms.

More examples?

  • Eu tenho dois filhos.
    I have two kids.
  • Vocรช tem uma caneta?
    Do you have a pen?
  • Ele nรฃo tem tempo.
    He doesn’t have time. 
  • Nรณs temos muito trabalho.
    We have a lot of work.
  • Vocรชs tรชm irmรฃos?
    Do you have brothers?
  • Eles nรฃo tรชm animais domรฉsticos.
    They don’t have pets.

Let’s practice…

What about you? Can you list the things you have in your house? Do you have a big room or a small one? Do your friends have any pets? Do your parents have a tattoo or piercing? Do you have friends from other countries?

Use complete sentences to answer all of the questions above using the verb “Ter” in Portuguese.

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