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Portuguese Adjectives

This page contains a table including the following: Portuguese/ Brazilian Adjectives and adverbs. 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.

An adjective is a word whose main role is to modify a noun or pronoun, giving more information about the noun or pronoun's definition. Some examples are: That is a green tree. I met a very old man.

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

In Portuguese, as with all Latin languages, the adjective(s) come after the noun(s); eg. In English, ‘the red dress’ becomes ‘the dress red’ in Portuguese. So ‘the red dress’ becomes ‘O vestido vermelho’. Below is an example of the adjectives in the structure of the sentence.

English Adjectives Portuguese Adjectives Portuguese Pronunciation
 
That is a tall buildingEste é um edifício altoESTE E- UN- ED-IF-IC-IO- ALTO
I met a very old manEncontrei um homem muito velhoENCON-TRAY- UN- OM-EN- MOIN-TO- VEL-IO
The old red building is hereAqui é o edifício vermelho e velhoACK-EE- E- O- ED-IF-IC-IO- VER-MEL-IO- E- VEL-IO
That's a very nice dressEste é um vestido bonito>ES-TE- E- UN- VES-TEE-DO- BON-EE-TO

Adjectives used with different genders and numbers:


THINGS TO REMEMBER:


  • When talking about MASCULINE things; end the adjective in an ‘O’
  • When talking about FEMININE things; end the adjective in an ‘A’
  • When talking about PLURAL things that are MASCULINE; end the adjective in ‘OS’
  • When talking about PLURAL things that are FEMININE; end the adjective in ‘AS’
  • When talking about PLURAL things that are BOTH MASCULINE and FEMININE; end the adjective in ‘OS’ because the MASCULINE takes precedence over the FEMININE

  • Here are some examples in the table below:

    Adjective (gender/ number) Brazilian Adjectives Pronunciation
     
    She is a tall womanEla é um mulher altaE-LA- E- UN- MOOL- YER- AL-TA
    He is a tall manElo é um homem altoE-LO- E- UN- OM-EN- AL-TO
    They are tall womenElas sao mulheres altasE-LAS- SOUN- MOOL-YER-ES- AL-TAS
    They are tall menEles sao homems altosE-LES- SOUN- OM-ENS- AL-TOS


    Below are some adjectives in Portuguese or Brazilian. Try to memorize them, because they’re very important.

    Vocaublary Portuguese Adjectives Portuguese Pronunciation
     
    AngryZangadoZAN-GA-DO
    BadMauMAL
    BeautifulBonitoBON-ITO
    CheapBaratoBAR-ATO
    CleanLimpoLIM-PO
    ColdFrioFREE-O
    DifferentDiferenteDIF-ER-EN-TE
    DifficultDifícilDIF-EE-SIL
    EarlyCedoSE-DO
    EasyFácilFA-SEEL
    FriendlyAmigávelAM-IG-A-VEL
    GoodBomBON
    HeavyPesadoPES-A-DO
    ImportantImportanteIMP-ORT-AN-TE
    MarriedCasadoCAS-A-DO
    NaturalNaturalNAT-OO-RAL
    NiceAmávelAM-A-VEL
    OpenAbertoAB-ER-TO
    PoliteGentilGEN-TEEL
    PoorPobrePOB-RE
    RichRicoREE-CO
    SadTristeTREES-TE
    SimpleSimplesSIMP-LES
    SlowLentoLEN-TO
    SmallPequenoPEC-ENO
    SweetDoceDO-SE
    TallAltoAL-TO
    WarmMornoMOR-NO
    WellBemBEN
    WorsePiorPEE-OR
    WorstPiorPEE-OR
    WrongIncorrectoINC-ORR-EC-TO


    I hope the content of this page was useful to you, and that you learned some Portuguese Adjectives (Brazilian) ..., try to memorize them to be able to use them in your daily conversation. Make sure to check our Learn Portuguese page, which contains several lessons that might help you in your learning process.


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