Portuguese Prepositions

This page contains a table including the following: Portuguese/ Brazilian Prepositions and linking expressions. Try to memorize the way they're used because they're very important in communication, and might be very helpful to convey your most important expressions. Make sure to check our Learn Portuguese page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.

Portuguese Prepositions


A preposition links nouns, pronouns and phrases to other words in a sentence. A preposition usually indicates the temporal, spatial or logical relationship of its object to the rest of the sentence as in the example in the table below.
THINGS TO REMEMBER: Most prepositions would begin with the link word ‘em’ and after the preposition would follow ‘de’. These help put the preposition words into context and help the flow of sentences in Portuguese.

    

English Prepositions Portuguese Prepositions
 
The keyboard is on the deskO teclado está na escrivaninha
The carpet is under the tableO tapete está de baixo da mesa
The tree is in front of the buildingA árvore ésta na frente do edifício
The child is hiding behind his motherA criança esconde atrás da sua mãe

The most common prepositions are: after (depois), at (em), before (antes), between (entre), under (baixo), on (cima), in (em), out (fora), behind (atrás) … (for a longer list, see the table at the bottom of this page).

Prepositions Table in Portuguese


Here are some examples of demonstrative prepositions in the table below, note that just like in English, they're used very often in Portuguese:


Demonstrative Prepositions Portuguese Pronunciation
 
ThisEsteES-TE
ThatEsseES-SE
TheseEstesES-TES
ThoseEssasES-SAS

Below is a vocabulary training for prepositions in Portuguese or Brazilian with its pronunciation, try to memorize the prepositions below, because they’re very important and used daily.

    

Vocaublary Portuguese Prepositions Portuguese Pronunciation
 
AboveAcimaA-SEE-MA
AfterDepoisDEP-OYCE
AroundCirculoSEER-CUL-O
AtEmEN
Because ofPorquePOR-KAY
BeforeAntesAN-TES
BesideAo lado OW-LA-DO
BetweenEntreENT-RE
ButMasMAS
Close toPertoPAIR-TO
DownPara baixoPA-RA-BYE-SHO
DuringDuranteDUR-AN-TE
ForParaPA-RA
FromDeDE
InEmEN
In front ofEm frenteEN-FREN-TE
InsideDentroDEN-TRO
Instead ofEm vezEN-VEZ
LikeComoCO-MO
NearPertoPAIR-TO
Next toAo ladoOW-LA-DO
OnCimaSEE-MA
On top ofEm cimaEN-SEE-MA
OutForaFO-RA
OutsideFora deFO-RA-DE
OverDemasiadoDE-MAS-EE-A-DO
OverA cimaA-SEE-MA
SinceDesdeDES-DAY
ThanQueKE
ToParaPA-RA
UnderBaixoBYE-SHO
UntilAtéAT-AY
UpAcimaA-SEE-MA
WithoutSimSIN

I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some Portuguese Prepositions ..., Make sure to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. If you want to practice what you have learnt here, go to Language Test. Make sure to check our Learn Portuguese page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.