The verb Dar is incredibly versatile because it is used in numerous colloquial expressions in Brazilian Portuguese. In this lesson I will show you a very useful and commonly used expression with the verb Dar.
Dar is an irregular verb. By itself it means “to give”.
I very much encourage you to learn the conjugation of Dar. As I said, it is used in a great number of expressions.
Colloquial expression: Dar para…
The expression “Dar para” can be translated as “to be possible to…”.
In questions, it can also be translated as: “Can you…?”
And in answers, it can be translated as: “Yes, I can”. Or, in the negative: “I can’t.”
The real-life examples below will show you how to use this expression.
A very common way to ask for a favor is to say:
Dá pra fazer um favor?
= Is it possible to do me a favor? / Can you do me a favor?
- Notice that the verb is conjugated in the present tense of the third person singular (ele). In this kind of question, it will always be like this.
- Do not use a pronoun (eu, você, ele, etc.) before the verb Dar.
- “Pra” is short for “para”. In spoken Brazilian Portuguese we usually say “pra”. We also use it in informal writing, such as on Facebook. For business and academic correspondence, I suggest you stick with “para”.
É longe? Dá pra ir a pé?
= Is it far away? Is it possible to walk there? /Can I walk there?
Dá pra me pegar no aeroporto?
= Is it possible to pick me up at the airport? / Can you pick me up at the airport.
João: Dá pra me dar o orçamento na quarta?
Túlio: Na quarta, não dá. Dá pra entregar na sexta.
João: Is it possible to give me the quote on Wednesday?
Túlio: On Wednesday it isn’t possible. I can give it to you on Friday.
Milena: Vamos passar o fim de semana fora?
Caio: Nesse fim de semana não vai dar. Podemos ir no outro.
Milena: Let’s spend the weekend away.
Caio: This weekend it will not be possible. We can go on the other one.
Cris: Você comprou pão?
Ana: Não deu pra parar na padaria. Desculpe.
Cris: Did you buy bread?
Ana: I could’t stop at the bakery. Sorry.
Dá / Não dá
Sometimes the expression is used without the preposition “para”. This happens in short questions or answers, when the verb Dar is not followed by the action in reference:
Tomás: Por que você foi não foi ao aniversário da Sônia?
Melissa: Não deu.
Tomás: Why didn’t you go to Sônia’s birthday?
Melissa: It was’t possible.
Maria: Dá pra me ajudar a terminar esse relatório?
André: Dá, claro.
Maria: Can you help me finish this report?
André: Yes, sure.
I also have a different lesson with another great expression using the verb Dar. It is about the phrase “Mal dá pra…”. It is very useful. Visit the lesson to keep learning.
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