Mastering the verbs "Ser" and "Estar" in Brazilian Portuguese

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Today Iโ€™m going to teach you one of the most difficult things in Portuguese: when to use <span style="color: #800000; font-size: 14pt;"><strong>SER</strong></span> and <span style="color: #800000; font-size: 14pt;"><strong>ESTAR</strong></span>.

We use <span style="color: #800000; font-size: 14pt;"><strong>SER</strong></span> to describe the how someone or something is always.



We use <span style="color: #800000; font-size: 14pt;"><strong>ESTAR</strong> </span>for transitory or not permanent conditions or characteristics, how a thing is at the moment.

Thatโ€™s why we say, for example:

  • Ele estรก doente (Heโ€™s sick)

But we can also sayโ€ฆ

  • Ele รฉ doente (Heโ€™s sick)

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<strong>Whatโ€™s the difference?</strong>

  • Ele estรก doente (Heโ€™s a healthy person, but heโ€™s sick at the moment).

  • Ele รฉ doente (Probably he has an incurable disease or heโ€™s mentally sick).

See below more uses of the verbs ser and estar.

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<span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #800000;"><strong>Ser</strong></span>

<strong>Nationality</strong>

  • Eu sou brasileiro (Iโ€™m Brazilian)

<strong>Ocupation</strong>

  • Ele รฉ dentista (He's dentist)

<strong>Personal relationships</strong>

  • Ele รฉ meu pai (Heโ€™s my father)

<strong>Permanent location</strong>

  • A escola รฉ no centro da cidade (The school is the center city)

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<span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #800000;"><strong>Estar</strong></span>

<strong>Movable location</strong>

  • Eu estou em casa (Iโ€™m at home)



<strong>Mental states</strong>

  • Eu estou feliz (Iโ€™m happy)

  • Eu estou confuso (Iโ€™m confused)



<strong>Physical states</strong>

  • Eu estou doente (Iโ€™m sick)

  • Eu estou cansado (Iโ€™m tired)

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Besides all these cases, there are also some tricky things about <strong>SER</strong> and <strong>ESTAR</strong>. Watch the video and find out.

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