Conjugating
Verbs
in the
Conditional Tense
The Conditional Tense
1. The conditional tense is used to
indicate would in English.
ie…I would go shopping if I had
enough time.
ie…Yo iría de compras si tuviera
bastante tiempo.
The Conditional Tense
2. The conditional tense is also used to
express possibility or probability in
the past.
ie…I wonder what time it was?
¿Qué hora sería?
(in a question it would be translated as
“wonder”, in a statement it would typically
be translated as “probably”)
The Conditional Tense
3. The conditional tense is sometimes
used to show politeness.
ie…I would like to talk to Jon, please.
Me gustaría hablar con Jon,
por favor.
The Conditional Tense
4. The conditional tense is also used
with if clauses. ch.9,11
If the conditional tense is used with a “si”
clause, then the other clause must use
the imperfect subjunctive.
ie…I would go to the movies if I had
a ticket.
Yo iría al cine si tuviera un boleto.
Conjugating in the Conditional
1. The stem is the entire infinitive.
ie...hablar
2. Add the regular conditional
endings. (same as er/ir imperfect)
ía
ías
ía
íamos
ían
Irregular Verbs
These verbs have irregular stems but
regular endings in the conditional tense:
caber
decir
haber
hacer
poder
poner
cabrdirhabrharpodrpondr-
querer
saber
salir
tener
valer
venir
querrsabrsaldrtendrvaldrvendr-
Sentence Examples
• Hablaría con mi hermana.
• I would talk with my sister.
• Juan bailaría el lunes.
• Juan would dance on Monday.
• ¿Podrían Uds. ayudarme?
• Could you all help me?
Sentence Examples
(Cont.)
• Limpiarían la casa el martes si
hubiera tiempo.
• They would clean the house on
Tuesday if there is time.
• Cantaríamos en el gimnasio.
• We would sing in the gym.
Practice Conjugating
Conjugate the following regular verbs
in the conditional tense:
poder
trabajar
venir
Check your work:
poder
trabajar
venir
podría
trabajaría
vendría
podrías
trabajarías
vendrías
podría
trabajaría
vendría
podríamos
trabajaríamos vendríamos
podrían
trabajarían
vendrían
For Additional Practice
Mastering Spanish Verbs p.48, 52
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