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Come vs. Como/Bebe vs. Bebo???

HOW on earth can you tell weather to use come or como for portuguese sentences? For instance: "Eu come pão." Why isn't it "Eu como pão" ??? And "Eu bebe agua" or "Eu bebo agua" ?? What is the difference between come and como or bebe and bebo? Please help!!!!

August 16, 2015



In Portuguese sentences, (and also most languages) there are verb conjugations. We don't have these in English except for the third-person singular (he/she/it) in the present indicative tense. We add -s to the end of the verb, such as I eat or You eat to He or she eats. In Portuguese, however, they have many conjugations for different pronouns.

For comer:

Eu como (I eat)
Tu comes (You eat) (Portugal and some parts of Brazil)
Ele/Ela/Você come (He/She/You eat[s])
Nós comemos (We eat)
Eles/Elas/Vocês comem (They/You eat) (Plural you)

So, as you see here, you never use Eu come pão, you always say Eu como pão, or Ele/Ela/Você come pão.

For beber:

Eu bebo (I drink)
Tu bebes (You drink) (Portugal and some parts of Brazil)
Ele/Ela/Você bebe (He/She/You drink[s])
Nós bebemos (We drink)
Eles/Elas/Vocês bebem (They/You drink) (Plural you)

Like for comer, you never say Eu bebe água, you say, instead, Eu bebo água, or Ele/Ela/Você bebe água.

So, for regular -er verbs, (infinitives that end in -er) you remove the -er, and then add the respective ending for each pronoun.

Regular -er Verb Conjugations:

Eu - Remove -er and add -o.
Tu - Remove -er and add -es.
Ele/Ela/Você - Remove -er and add -e.
Nós - Remove -er and add -emos.
Eles/Elas/Vocês - Remove -er and add -em.

Note: This is only for REGULAR -er verbs. There are many irregular ones, such as ser and ter.

If you still don't get it, you can click here for an automatic verb conjugator, just type in the infinitive and it conjugates it for you. Hope that helped! :D


Tu comes (You eat) Portugal and ALL Brazil . Se você escrever 'tu come' em uma prova, vai perder pontos.


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Thank you sooo much it really helps


Ok, I'll try to help you.

There isn't "Eu come pão". The right sentence is "Eu como pão".

There isn't "Eu bebe água". Right form: "Eu bebo água"

"Bebo and Como" - They are for the pronoun "eu". "Bebe and Come" are for the third person like "ele/ela" and second person "você".

According to the context, you'll be able to know if "como=I eat" or "como=as/like". For instance: Ele come pão. It's a verb. Eu como pão. It's a verb. Eu sou como você. It's "I am like you".


But it is "Eu como Pão" and "Eu bebo água". When I was learning the verb conjugations I started with the regular endings and just learnt them on their own. For example Eu - add O, Ele/Ela/Você - add a for ar and e for er and ir. Then I learnt the irregular verbs that didn't fit those rules, then moved on to the next tense. (this was many years ago, before I discovered duolingo) I found this a great way to learn how to conjugate verbs quickly when I was talking to people. I don't always get it right but it takes children a while to learn this. My two year old cannot, for example, conjugate the verbs for himself. So he would say "eu come pão". You have to be a bit careful with the internet that the person who has written the things you are reading has a good grasp of the rules and their Portuguese is a high standard. If in doubt refer to the conjugation rules. This site is a great help http://www.conjuga-me.net/en/


♪ ♫ ♩ Come as you are, as you were

As I want you to be. ♪ ♫ ♩

'Come' is a verb, just conjugate.


In your statement you used weather but it should be whether. "how can you tell whether to use come or como." Is correct. Weather is what you use for cold, rain, snow, etc.

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