Today we will discuss the Conditional Tense in Spanish.
This has been a recommendation by many people through emails and comments on some of our YouTube videos.
So I wanted to take the time to help you know when and how to use the Spanish conditional tense.
We use the conditional tense whenever we are talking about hypothetical scenarios and situations.
If you aren’t quite sure what that means…
Let me show you a few situations of when you would use the conditional tense in Spanish:
For example if you want to tell someone that you would like to go to the movies tomorrow, you would say: “Me gustaría ir al cine mañana.”
In this example the verb “gustar” is conditional.
“If-then” statements are very popular. You would use the Spanish conditional tense for these types of statements.
Example: Si pudiera verte, iría para tu casa ahora mismo. (If I could see you, I would go to your house right now).
Anytime you are giving or receiving advice you will use the Spanish conditional tense.
Example: ¿Qué debería comer? (What should I eat?)
To respond to this “asking for advice,” somebody could give you advice by saying “Deberías comer una manzana.” (You should eat an apple.)
When you want to ask for something while being polite, the Spanish conditional tense is good to use. I’ve found that this is extremely helpful when at a restaurant ordering food or drinks.
Example: ¿Me podrías dar algo de tomar? (Would you be able to give me something to drink?)
If you want to speculate about something that happened in the past then you may find this tense particularly useful.
Example: Esa sería la razón por la que el carro se estropeó. (That would be the reason the car broke down.)
Oftentimes, we talk about the future in the past. The Spanish conditional tense is the one you want to use to do this in Spanish.
Example: Ella me dijo que me amaría por siempre. (She told me she would love me forever.)
It’s very easy to use the Spanish Conditional tense. For the regular verbs you simply use the indicative (or the full verb) and then you attach ía, ías, ia, íamos, íais, or ían to the end of it.
Here are a few examples of regular verb conjugations:
There are also a few irregular Spanish conditional verbs.
Here’s a list of the irregular Spanish conditional verbs and how they change:
Test how well you know this subject by trying to figure out the proper conjugation for each sentence. (Answers found at the bottom of this page).
Rather than spend your days studying and trying to remember each and every grammar rule…
The best way to master this tense and all of the Spanish tenses is to try them out in the real world.
Continue to consume input in Spanish and when you feel comfortable begin trying to speak.
But as you can see, the Spanish conditional tense is not very difficult.
It’s one of the easier conjugation rules in Spanish.
Just remember that there are a few irregular verbs and everything other than those are regular.
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1.gustaría 2.compraría 3.tendríamos 4.Podrías 5.jugaría 6.viviría 7.viajaría 8.vendrían 9.Sería 10.Podría