ter – to have

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This exercise is a speaking drill. The goal of the verb booster exercise is to help you learn the verb conjugations, their pronunciation, and to get you to produce them fast when speaking by building a reflex.

The verb booster focuses on three verb tenses, one to talk about the present and two to talk about the past: presente (present), pretérito perfeito simples (simple past) and pretérito imperfeito (imperfect).

You are going to use these verb tenses on a day-to-day basis, and they all have different conjugations, which usually results in a lot of confusion. That’s why you should be focusing your attention on them, especially if you’re a beginner.

The verb you’re going to practice in this verb booster exercise is the irregular verb ter.


How the exercise works:

  • Choose the audio file from the audio player (present, simple past, imperfect).
  • Don’t read the transcript before listening to the audio.
  • Listen: I read the complete verb conjugation. Listen only.
  • Listen and repeat: I read the complete verb conjugations twice. Repeat each of them after me.
  • Conjugate: I give you the personal pronoun; you repeat it and add with the verb conjugation. Listen to the solution and repeat again after me.
  • Conjugate: I give you the personal pronoun (out of order); you repeat it and add with the verb conjugation. Listen to the solution and repeat again after me.
  • Conjugate in a sentence: I read a sentence with a pause where the verb should be. You repeat the sentence adding the verb conjugation. Listen to the solution and repeat.
  • Repeat the exercises until you don’t have to pause to come up with the right conjugation.
  • Check the transcript.
  • Complement the speaking exercises with the writing exercises.

If you’re not familiar with the personal pronouns, here’s a review:

  • eu (I)
  • tu (you, sing, informal)
  • ele (he), ela (she), o senhor (sing. masc. formal), a senhora (sing, fem. formal)
  • nós (we)
  • vocês (you, plural)
  • eles (they, masc.), elas (they, fem.)

In bold are the ones I use in the majority of the exercises.


Learn when to use these verb tenses in the following lessons: