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The Conditional Tense in Spanish

The Conditional Tense in Spanish

The conditional tense expresses the possibility of completing an action without defining a specific time period. It is generally used to refer to hypothetical actions although this is not always the case. In English it would translate as 'would' or 'could'.









Regular Verbs:


To conjugate regular verbs in the conditional tense simply add the following endings to the infinitive:


Yo - ía

Tú - ías

Él / Ella / Usted - ía

Nosotros - íamos

Vosotros - íais

Ellos / Ellas / Ustedes - ían




(To Help)
(To Understand)
(To Write) 

Ayudaría Comprendería  Escribiría

Ayudarías  Comprenderías  Escribirías

 Él / Ella / Usted
Ayudaría Comprendería Escribiría

Ayudaríamos Comprenderíamos Escribiríamos

Ayudaríais Comprenderíais Escribiríais

  Ellos / Ellas / Ustedes 
Ayudarían  Comprenderían  Escribirían 



Some uses of Conditional Tense:


  1. Express a condition:

    Compraría un vestido, pero no tengo dinero.
    I would buy a dress, but I do not have any money.

  2. To ask for advice:

    ¿Cúal compraría?
    Which one would you buy?

  3. To express hypothetical situations that may or may not happen:

    Sería interesante estudiar chino.
    It would be interesting to study Chinese.  



Using SER and ESTAR in Spanish
Adjectives in Spanish