How to use adjectives in Portuguese

How to use adjectives in Portu­guese

You want to learn how to use adjectives in Portuguese? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Portuguese lessons complete with useful examples. Big, small, happy, sad... we'll teach you all you need to know about Portuguese adjectives.

Portu­guese adjectives

Adjectives are generally used to describe nouns. Unlike English, adjectives in Portuguese are placed after the noun. Adjectives in Portuguese agree with the noun they describe. This means that adjectives that describe a feminine noun have a special form.


a casa pequena
the small house
a casa velha
the old house
a casa preta
the black house
a casa nova
the new house
a casa branca
the white house
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Portuguese is also spoken in Cape Verde, São Tome e Principe, Goa, Macau, and East Timor. If you are planning on doing some travelling, learning Portuguese would be a great way to make the most of your trip.

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Basic words and phrases in Portu­guese

Learn to get by in Portuguese with these useful words and phrases. These essential phrases cover everything from Portuguese greetings to business and workplace communications to love and dating.

Há um cão aqui.
There is a dog here.
Há um pássaro aqui.
There is a bird here.
Há água aqui.
There is water here.
Aqui há comida.
There is food here.
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Step 7 : Adjectives in Portu­guese

Adjectives are used to describe nouns. To get started, we suggest you learn the three Portuguese adjectives grande, pequeno and velho (big, small, old). Using the nouns livro, cadeira and porta (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn to use each adjective with each noun (the big book, the old chair, the small door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about Portuguese adjectives including useful examples. After you've learned to use the adjectives grande, pequeno and velho with the nouns livro, cadeira and porta you can move on to Step 8 (Portuguese Verbs).

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