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Spanish Conditional Tense #3

 "Spanish Conditional Tense"
              


 Introduction

The conditional (el condicional) tense in Spanish is used to express what "would" happen in the future.

Frequently, the conditional is translated as would, could, must have or probably.

In other words, the conditional tense refers to acts that can be seen as hypothetical in nature.

To conjugate regular -ar, -er and -ir verbs in the conditional, simply add one of the following to the infintive:

ía
ías
ía
íamos
íais
ían


Irregular Conditional Forms

Only -ER and -IR verbs fall into this category. 

The same twelve common verbs that are irregular in the future tense are also irregular in the conditional tense. 

Their stems change in the same way they change in the future tense but their endings are regular:

ía
ías
ía
íamos
íais
ían

List of irregular verbs in the conditional

caber (to fit)
yo cabría...

poner (to put)
yo pondría...

decir (to say)
yo diría...

haber (to have)
yo habría...

salir (to leave/to go out)
yo saldría...

hacer (to do/to make)
yo haría...

poder (to can/ to be able)
yo podría...

tener (to have)
yo tendría...

querer (to want)
yo querría...

valer (to be worth)
yo valdría...

saber (to know)
yo sabría...

venir (to come)
yo vendría...

Examples:

El paquete cabría si fuese más pequeño.  
The package would fit if it were smaller.





Ella no pondría su dinero en ese bolso.
She wouldn’t put her money in that purse.¿

Si te gustara esa chica, se lo dirías enseguida?  
If you like that girl, would you tell her right away?

Saldríamos, pero está lloviendo.  
We would go out, but it is raining.

Los niños dijeron que harían la tarea si los ayudábamos.  
The boys said that they would do the homework if we helped them.

Ella tendría más energía si caminara con más frecuencia.
She would have more energy if she walked more often.

Nosotros vendríamos a la clase temprano si pudiéramos.  
We would come to the class early if we could.