Portuguese Grammar > Adverbs


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Regular Adverbs
Common Adverbs
Interrogation Adverbs
Portuguese Grammar > Adverbs > Regular Adverbs

Regular Adverbs

Adverbs modify verbs, adjectives, or other adverbs.

In Portuguese, most adverbs are formed from adjectives by adding -mente to the end of the feminine form.
rápido → rápida → rapidamente - quickly

Adverbs typically follow the verb.
correu rapidamente - he ran quickly

The adverb precedes the adjective or adverb which it modifies.
chegou muito tarde - he arrived very late

Portuguese Grammar > Adverbs > Common Adverbs

Common Adverbs

An adverb usually answers the questions when, how, where, or why. Here are some of the most common:


Adverb Translation
hoje today
ontem yesterday
amanhã tomorrow
agora now
depois after
dantes before
in this moment
logo soon
nunca never
sempre always

Manner & Degree

Adverb Translation
bem well
mal badly
assim like so, in this way
quase almost
devagar slowly
depressa fast
tão so, like this
aliás otherwise
como like
demais too much


Adverb Translation
aqui here
there (near you)
ali there (yonder)
over there
acolá there yonder
abaixo below
acima above
fora outside
dentro inside
Portuguese Grammar > Adverbs > Interrogation Adverbs

Interrogation Adverbs

Question words are also adverbs:

Adverb Translation
como? how?
onde? where
quando? when?
quanto? how much?
por que? why?
Portuguese Grammar > Adverbs > Comparatives


Adverbs are compared just like adjectives.

Comparison Translation Example
mais ... que more ... than mais cedo que - earlier than
menos ... que less ... than menos tarde que - less late than
tão ... como as ... as tão caro como - as dear as
Portuguese Grammar > Adverbs > Comparatives


Adverbial superlatives are similar to adjective superlative forms. Some examples:

  • If the adverb ends in -mente, replace the -a at the end of the adjective base with -issima.
    rapidamente → rapidissimamente - very quickly
  • Use muito before the adverb.
    muito rapidamente - very quickly
  • Use relative superlative words like o mais before the adverb.
    o mais rapidamente - the most quickly