Tomara Meaning

Example with Tomara in Portuguese Tomara que o Vasco ganhe hoje!

Hello guys! Today we will take a look at the meaning of tomara in Portuguese. Do you know how to use this interjection? Let’s find out and practice with an exercise!

Meaning of Tomara: Affirmative and Negative

Tomara is an interjection used to express desire about something. In other words, it’s used when someone wants or doesn’t want something to happen. We use Tomara or Tomara que sim in affirmative sentences:

What does Tomara mean. Eugenio: será que vai ter sol? dominik: Tomara que sim!

Eugênio: Queria ir à praia hoje. Será que vai ter sol?
Dominik: Tomara que sim!

Eugênio: I feel like going to the beach today. I wonder if it will be sunny.
Dominik: I hope so, dude!

And we use Tomara que não in negative sentences:

What does Tomara mean. Luana: Tomara que não!

Igor: Será que os alunos esqueceram da aula de hoje?
Luana: Tomara que não!

Igor: I wonder if the students forgot to come to class today.
Luana: I hope not!

We can also use Tomara with a verb in the Present Subjunctive:

What does Tomara mean. Igor: Tomara que o Vasco perca!

Diogo: Cara, tomara que o Vasco ganhe hoje. Apostei 50 reais nele!
Igor: Tomara que o Vasco perca! Apostei 50 reais contra!
Diogo: Porra!

Diogo: Dude, I hope Vasco wins today. I bet 50 reais on it!
Igor: I hope it loses! I bet 50 reais against it!
Diogo: Fuck!

Practice with our Video

Check out this video about the meaning of tomara made by our teachers and students here at Rio & Learn. Remember, you can turn on the subtitles if you need them!

Exercises with Tomara in Portuguese

Now that you know the meaning of tomara in English, let’s practice with an exercise so you can feel even more confident! Choose if you need to complete the sentences below with Tomara que sim or Tomara que não!

Júlia: Será que hoje vai chover muito?
André: ____________________!

Otávio: Será que essa montanha-russa é rápida do jeito que gostamos?
José: ____________________!

Maurício: Você acha que vamos conseguir nosso certificado da Rio & Learn?
Ana: ____________________!

Kelly: Será que eu consigo passar na prova de amanhã?
Luana: ____________________!

Carlos: Você acha que seu personagem favorito vai morrer no próximo filme?
Paulo: ____________________!

Now you are ready to practice this word by yourself! We hope you like this Dica and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

Big hug from the Rio & Learn team.

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1- Tomara que não!
2- Tomara que sim!
3- Tomara que sim!
4- Tomara que sim!
5- Tomara que não!

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    1. Usually, yes. Unless you are using as an interjection, for example: “Tomara! Vou tentar meu melhor na prova!”. Have you subscribed to our daily Dicas? Abraços from Rio & Learn!

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