There is in Portuguese

conjugation of haver in portuguese. present: eu hei, você / ele / ela há, nós havemos, vocês / eles/ elas hão. past: eu houve, você / ele / ela houve, nós houvemos, vocês / eles/ elas houveram. future: eu haverei, você / ele / ela haverá, nós haveremos, vocês / eles/ elas haverão.

What’s up, folks? All good? Today’s Dica will teach us about There is in Portuguese. Do you know which verb is used to express there is / there are in Portuguese? In Portuguese, for those cases, we use verb haver and its very well used conjugation há. So, let’s learn!

There is / There are: Haver in Portuguese

example of há in portuguese: há um aluno bebendo caipirinha na aula de culinária.

Verb haver has two verb common uses, which will be presented today for you. First, it’s used as a verb to represent the idea of exist and / or have. However, since it’s a very irregular verb and much difficult to learn, most Brazilians won’t use it on regular basis! But, for you to understand it better, it’s much used in the same situations as “there is / there are” is used in English!

Second, it’s used in phrases to present the idea of time. In those cases, we will only use a certain conjugation of haver in Portuguese: há.

But, before taking a look at examples which will explain those concepts better, let’s take a look at the complete conjugation of verb haver in Portuguese! Irregular conjugations will have an asterisk, while the endings of the regular ones will be in bold.


PresentPast SimpleImperfect Past
Eu hei*Eu houve*Eu havia
Você há*Você houve*Você havia
Ele/ ela há*Ele/ ela houve*Ele/ ela havia
Nós havemosNós houvemos*Nós havíamos
Vocês hão*Vocês houveram*Vocês haviam
Eles/ elas hão*Eles/ elas houveram*Eles/ elas haviam
Past pluperfect simplePast pluperfect composed
Eu houvera*Eu tinha havido
Você houvera*Você tinha havido
Ele/ ela houvera*Ele/ ela tinha havido
Nós houvéramos*Nós tínhamos havido
Vocês houveram*Vocês tinham havido
Eles/ elas houveram*Eles/ elas tinham havido
Simple FutureImmediate FutureFuture of the past
Eu havereiEu vou haverEu haveria
Você haveVocê vai haverVocê haveria
Ele/ ela haveEle/ ela vai haverEle/ ela haveria
Nós haveremosNós vamos haverNós haveríamos
Vocês haverãoVocês vão haverVocês haveriam
Eles/ elas haverãoEles/ elas vão haverEles/ elas haveriam


Haja* vocêNão haja* você
Haja* ele/ elaNão haja* ele/ ela
Hajamos* nósNão hajamos* nós
Hajam* vocêsNão hajam* vocês
Hajam* eles/ elasNão hajam* eles/ elas


PresentImperfect PastFuture
Que eu haja*Se eu houvesse*Quando eu houver*
Que você haja*Se você houvesse*Quando você houver*
Que ele/ela haja*Se ele/ela houvesse*Quando ele/ela houver*
Que nós hajamos*Se nós houvéssemos*Quando nós houvermos*
Que vocês hajam*Se vocês houvessem*Quando vocês houverem*
Que eles/elas hajam*Se eles/elas houvessem*Quando eles houverem*

Other Tenses

Personal infinitiveGerundParticiple
Para haver euHavendoHavido
Para haver você  
Para haver ele/ela  
Para havermos nós  
Para haverem vocês  
Para haverem eles/elas  

Examples with There is / There are in Portuguese

uma pessoa nesta sala aqui.
There is three people in this classroom.

cinco pessoas no bar.
There are five people at the bar.

cinquenta mil pessoas no show.
There are fifty thousand people at the concert.

um documento na gaveta do diretor.
There is a document in the director’s drawer.

sempre atividades no Rio de Janeiro.
There are always activities in Rio de Janeiro.

sempre alguém estudando português no Brasil.
There is always someone studying Portuguese in Brazil.

Verb Ter Replacing Verb Haver in Portuguese

example of verb ter replacing verb haver in portuguese. usage of there is / there are in portuguese. tem sete alunos de português na foto.

Brazilians replace the verb haver for verb ter in the spoken language, but we should always keep in mind that using the verb ter, especially in the written language, our text becomes a little more informal. In general, Brazilians use the verb ter more often than the verb haver, and it’s becoming more and more used on a daily basis!

Let’s see how our examples with haver would be using verb ter!

uma pessoa nesta sala aqui.
There is three people in this classroom.
Tem uma pessoa nesta sala aqui.
cinco pessoas no bar.
There are five people at the bar.
Tem cinco pessoas no bar.
cinquenta mil pessoas no show.
There are fifty thousand people at the concert.
Tem cinquenta mil pessoas no show.
um documento na gaveta do diretor.
There is a document in the director’s drawer.
Tem um documento na gaveta do diretor.
sempre atividades no Rio de Janeiro.
There are always activities in Rio de Janeiro.
Tem sempre atividades no Rio de Janeiro.
sempre alguém estudando português no Brasil.
There is always someone studying Portuguese in Brazil.
Tem sempre alguém estudando português no Brasil.

Exercises with There is in Portuguese

Now that you have learned the conjugation of the verb Haver in Portuguese and its uses and meanings, let’s practice it with the exercises below.

1) Check out if the phrases below look more formal or informal, and complete with the adequate form: tem or há.

  • __________ uma barata na cozinha!
  • __________ cinco pessoas esperando a entrevista de emprego, chefe.
  • __________ mais de cem mil pessoas na passeata contra o governo.
  • __________ dois amigos meus vindo para o rolê.
  • __________ documentos para serem assinados ainda hoje.
  • __________ jogos de tabuleiro para jogarmos depois do jantar!
  • __________ uma música muito boa que quero tocar para você!

2) Put the sentences in the correct order using the verb haver in Portuguese.

  • uma – aqui – festa – amanhã – Haverá
  • haja – solução – nova – Talvez – uma
  • algum – houve – Será – problema? – que
  • ela? – está –  com – havendo –  O que
  • não – Infelizmente – casa – em – ninguém – havia
  • há – possibilidade – Não – outra
  • outra – avise – Quando – chance – avise – houver – me
  • havido – muita – recentemente – chuva – Tem
  • cancelar – haveria – em – reunião? – problema
  • carnaval – haver – eventos – Vão – o – muitos – durante

What do you think? Easy right? Now we learned how to use there is / there are in Portuguese! Remember, in Portuguese, we use tem for more informal occasions and há for more formal ones. How about start creating some sentences with what we’ve learned?

Big hug from Rio & Learn.

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
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  • Haverá uma festa aqui amanhã.
  • Talvez haja uma outra solução.
  • Houve algum problema?
  • O que está havendo com ela?
  • Infelizmente não havia ninguém em casa.
  • Não há outra possibilidade.
  • Quando houver outra festa, me avise.
  • Tem havido muita chuva recentemente.
  • Haveria problema em cancelar a reunião.
  • Vão haver muitos eventos durante o Carnaval.

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