The Spanish Conditional Tense
The conditional tense is used to express something that would or could happen.
To form the conditional you add an ending to the infinitive, similar to the future tense.
All verb types (-ar, -er, -ir) have these same endings:
|Example - tomar / to take|
|yo||tomaría||I would take|
|tú||tomarías||you would take|
|él||tomaría||he would take|
|nosotros||tomaríamos||we would take|
|vosotros||tomarías||you would take|
|ellos||tomarían||they would take|
- Correría mañana
- I would run tomorrow
- Llamaríamos cuando llegamos
- We could call when we arrive
- El alumno dijo que estudiaría una hora más
- The student said that he would study one more hour.
The verbs with irregular conditional forms are the same as those with irregular future forms. Here are the most important ones.
|Hacer||to do, to make|
|Poder||to be able|
|Decir||to say, tell|