Want in Portuguese

example of want in portuguese: eu quero o brigadeiro deles!

Hello, beautiful people! Seeing that you’re here with us today, I’m guessing you want to learn Portuguese! And that’s exactly what we’re doing, isn’t it? The topic we’re covering in this Dica is irregular verbs – more specifically, to want in Portuguese. That’s a tricky one, for sure! But worry not! We’ve got querer‘s conjugation in Portuguese covered for you in all tenses imaginable. Ready to find out how to say I want in Portuguese?

Want in Portuguese Pronunciation

Let’s begin by learning how to pronounce this verb in its infinitive form. Check out the audio below made by one of our teachers and repeat after us!

Conjugation of Querer in Portuguese

example of want in portuguese: Eles queriam conhecer a Lapa!

The letters in bold are the endings we need to add to the root of regular verbs in Portuguese. Remember that those can vary according to whether the verb ends in -AR, -ER, or -IR. The asterisk marks the irregular forms of the verb. Let’s take a look:


PresentSimple PastImperfect Past
Eu queroEu quis*Eu queria
Você quer*Você quis*Você queria
Ele / ela quer*Ele / ela quis*Ele / ela queria
Nós queremosNós quisemos*Nós queríamos
Vocês queremVocês quiseram*Vocês queriam
Eles / elas queremEles / elas quiseram*Eles / elas queriam
Past pluperfect simplePast pluperfect composed
Eu quisera*Eu tinha querido
Você quisera*Você tinha querido
Ele / ela quisera*Ele / ela tinha querido
Nós quiséramos*Nós tínhamos querido
Vocês quiseram*Vocês tinham querido
Eles / elas quiseram*Eles / elas tinham querido
Simple FutureImmediate FutureFuture of the past
Eu querereiEu vou quererEu quereria
Você quereráVocê vai quererVocê quereria
Ele / ela quereráEle / ela vai quererEle / ela quereria
Nós quereremosNós vamos quererNós quereríamos
Vocês quererãoVocês vão quererVocês quereriam
Eles / elas quererãoEles / elas vão quererEles / elas quereriam


Queira você*Não queira você*
Queira ele / ela*Não queira ele / ela*
Queiramos nós*Não queiramos nós*
Queiram vocês*Não queiram vocês*
Queiram eles / elas*Não queiram eles / elas*


PresentImperfect PastFuture
Que eu queira*Se eu quisesse*Quando eu quiser*
Que você queira*Se você quisesse*Quando você quiser*
Que ele /ela queira*Se ele / ela quisesse*Quando ele / ela quiser*
Que nós queiramos*Se nós quiséssemos*Quando nós quisermos*
Que vocês queiram*Se vocês quisessem*Quando vocês quiserem*
Que eles /elas queiram*Se eles / elas quisessem*Quando eles / elas quiserem*

Other Tenses

Personal infinitiveGerundParticiple
Para querer euQuerendoQuerido
Para querer você  
Para querer ele / ela  
Para querermos nós  
Para quererem vocês  
Para quererem eles / elas  

Alright, so that’s it for the conjugation of querer in Portuguese. But how are we going to use all of that information? How can we use the verb to want in Portuguese?

To Want in Portuguese

example for the conjugation of want in portuguese: Os alunos quiseram aprender a sambar conosco!

Do you know what I want? Você sabe o que eu quero? I want their brigadeiro. I’m jealous! Aren’t you?

Using want in Portuguese is quite simple! Much like in English, we are going to need to add either a noun, or a verb in its infinitive form, for our most simple desires. Take a look!

Ela quer um computador novo.
She wants a new computer.

Nós queremos dormir até tarde.
We want to sleep in.

Easy enough, right? Now if your wish is for someone to do something, or for something in particular to happen, then you’ll need to use the subjunctive! But, hey, we’ve talked about the subjunctive before, right? And you can always go back to this Dica to refresh your knowledge! Check out these examples:

Eu quero que eles fiquem no curso de português online. Me divirto tanto com eles!
I want them to stay in the online Portuguese course. I have so much fun with them!

Você quer que ele te queira, mas, cara, a vida não funciona assim.
You want him to want you, but, man, life doesn’t work like that.

I Want You in Portuguese

We’ve talked about want in Portuguese, and we’ve talked about querer’s conjugation in Portuguese, but why don’t we add a romantic flair to this Dica? By looking at the examples above, you can probably already guess that saying I want in Portuguese is as easy as saying “eu quero”. Saying I want you in Portuguese doesn’t require going an extra mile, really. You can say that in two different ways:

Eu te quero.
Eu quero você.

However, Spanish speakers should keep in mind that I want you in Portuguese is not the same as I love you! Although it may work in Spanish, in Portuguese it either will sound romantically cheesy or plain dirty. If you want to tell your Brazilian partner you love them for good, you’d better stick with Eu te amo!

Sem Querer in Portuguese

example for the expression sem querer in portuguese: Ele errou o saque sem querer!

The expression “sem querer” is a Portuguese phrase that can be translated to English as “by accident” or “without meaning to.” It is used to describe situations where someone does something unintentionally or accidentally. It’s often used by the end of a sentence. For example:

  • “Derrubei o copo sem querer.” (I accidentally knocked over the glass.)
  • “Pisei no pé dele sem querer.” (I stepped on his foot unintentionally.)

In these sentences, “sem querer” emphasizes that the actions were not deliberate or planned but rather happened by accident or without the person’s intention. It’s a common phrase used in everyday conversation to acknowledge that something happened unintentionally.

Practicing Querer Conjugation in Portuguese

To practice the verb to want in Portuguese, complete this dialogue between Carol and Samuca with the correct forms of querer‘s conjugation in Portuguese:

Carol: Oi Samuca! O que você _______ comer no almoço?
Samuca: Oi Carol! Você já sabe o que eu _______ ! _______ comer o que eu sempre como aqui no Brasil!
Carol: Já sei mesmo! Você _______ feijoada!!!!
Samuca: Acertou! Se eu pudesse, comeria feijoada todos os dias da minha vida.
Carol: Nossa, que exagero. Eu não acredito que você _______ comer todos os dias a mesma coisa.
Samuca: Pode acreditar. Eu como feijoada todo dia e continuo _______ cada vez mais. Nunca é o suficiente.
Carol: Uau… Mas, ontem você _______ comer sushi no jantar.
Samuca: Verdade. Eu _______ sushi no jantar porque já tinha comido feijoada no almoço!
Carol e Samuca: Hahahahaha!!!!!

Are you addicted to feijoada just like Samuca? Do you want to learn how to make it yourself? Quer aprender a fazer você mesmo? Check out this video!

Big hug to all of you!
See you in the next Dica!

 Click in the links below to see more related Dicas
Querer in the Present Tense in Portuguese
Past Tense of Querer in Portuguese
Wish in Portuguese
Present Subjunctive in Portuguese


– Oi Samuca! O que você quer comer no almoço?
– Oi Carol! Você já sabe o que eu quero! Quero comer o que eu sempre como aqui no Brasil!
– Já sei mesmo! Você quer feijoada!!!!
– Acertou! Se eu pudesse, comeria feijoada todos os dias da minha vida.
– Nossa, que exagero. Eu não acredito que você queira comer todos os dias a mesma coisa.
– Pode acreditar. Eu como feijoada todo dia e continuo querendo cada vez mais. Nunca é o suficiente.
– Uau… Mas, ontem você queria comer sushi no jantar.
– Verdade. Eu quis sushi no jantar porque já tinha comido feijoada no almoço!
– Hahahahaha!!!!!

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