37 Common Portuguese Prepositions and Contracted Prepositions for Everyday Conversations

Above, below, before, after and everywhere in between—prepositions are super useful little words!

A preposition is a word that typically comes before a noun or pronoun to show its relationship to another word in the sentence.

Prepositions indicate location, direction, time, manner or possession. 

Get to know Portuguese prepositions to add depth to your conversations!


How to Use Portuguese Prepositions

In Portuguese, like in English, prepositions are typically placed before the noun or pronoun they relate to. For example:

English: I am going to the store.
Portuguese: Eu estou indo à loja.

English: He’s sitting next to me.
Portuguese: Ele está sentado ao meu lado.

However, there are some cases where the preposition can be placed at the end of the sentence in Portuguese, especially in informal or colloquial speech. This is more common in Brazilian Portuguese than in European Portuguese. For example:

Você vai com quem? (Who are you going with?) instead of Com quem você vai?

Ela está falando de quê? (What is she talking about?) instead of De quê ela está falando?

But in formal writing and standard Portuguese, prepositions are generally placed before the noun or pronoun.

Portuguese Prepositions

Below are the most common Portuguese prepositions, along with an example sentence for each. The examples will give you a general idea of how and when to use each preposition. The FluentU program can provide even more context for these words, and many others.

Portuguese Contracted Prepositions

In Portuguese, contracted prepositions happen when a preposition combines with certain definite articles or pronouns, resulting in a contracted form. These contractions are common in both European and Brazilian Portuguese and serve to facilitate smoother speech and avoid awkward combinations of words.

Here’s a list of common Portuguese contracted prepositions:


No matter which direction your learning is heading in, Portuguese prepositions will get you there!

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