Ser vs Estar: Understanding Portuguese ‘To Be’ Verbs

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📖 Portuguese has two verbs that correspond to the verb “to be”: Ser and Estar. However, they are not interchangeable and language learners often hesitate between using one or the other.

So, what’s the difference between the Portuguese verbs ser and estar? How to know which one to use? 

🤓 Don’t worry! There are some essential differences between the uses of estar and ser that will give you clues. In this article, you’ll understand each one and find plenty of examples. You’ll need to get used to these differences if you want to become a fluent Portuguese speaker.