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See also: voce and voće


Alternative forms[edit]


Syncope of vosmecê, elision of vossemecê, contraction of Old Portuguese vossa mercee (today's mercê) from Latin vostra and mercēs. Compare with the Spanish usted (from vuestra merced, also literally "your mercy") and Catalan vosté.



você m f ‎(plural vocês)

  1. (formal in Portugal, informal or semi-formal in Brazil) second-person singular personal pronoun; you
    • 2003, J. K. Rowling, Lya Wyler, Harry Potter e a Ordem da Fênix, Rocco, page 227:
      Pensei que você tivesse dito que ela estava só mandando você escrever!
      I thought that you had said that she was just ordering you to write!
    Os livros foram dados a você.
    The books were given to you.
  2. indefinite personal pronoun; you; one
    Você pode levar um cavalo até a água, mas não pode fazê-lo beber.
    You can take a horse to the water, but you can’t make it drink.


For usage examples of this term, see Citations:você.


  • (second-person singular personal pronoun): o senhor, tu
  • (indefinite pronoun): reflexive third-person pronouns (se, si, consigo)

Usage notes[edit]

  • In Portugal and some parts of Brazil, você represents an intermediate degree of formality between tu (familiar) and o senhor (very formal) and should be used in situations of little intimacy.
  • In some parts of Brazil (mainly the Southeast, with the exception of some cities), você has replaced tu as the informal second person singular pronoun, and tu is relegated to archaic, poetic and religious usages. In Rio de Janeiro, tu is used in very informal situations but with the third-person singular of the verb.
  • Teu, te, and to a lesser extent ti and contigo, are widely used alongside você in Brazilian dialects that don’t use tu.
  • Its plural form, vós is rarely used in Brazilian Portuguese and is now mostly confined to some northern dialects of European Portuguese.
  • Você and vocês, despite being 2nd-person pronouns, should always take 3rd-person verbs.

See also[edit]

Portuguese personal pronouns (edit)
Number Person Nominative
(direct object)
(indirect object)
Prepositional Prepositional
with com
m f m f m and f m f m f m f
Singular First eu me mim comigo
Second tu te ti contigo você
o senhor a senhora
Third ele ela o
(lo, no)
(la, na)
lhe ele ela com ele com ela o mesmo a mesma
se (reflexive) si (reflexive) consigo (reflexive)
Plural First nós nos nós connosco (Portugal)
conosco (Brazil)
a gente
Second vós vos vós convosco vocês
os senhores as senhoras
Third eles elas os
(los, nos)
(las, nas)
lhes eles elas com eles com elas os mesmos as mesmas
se (reflexive) si (reflexive) consigo (reflexive)
Indefinite se (reflexive) si (reflexive) consigo (reflexive)