Conjugating Spanish Verbs in the Conditional Tense
Learn Spanish: Spanish Conditional Tense
In this learn Spanish grammar lesson, we review the Spanish conditional tense and how to conjugate Spanish verbs in the conditional. The conditional tense is used express future uncertainty, different than the future tense which describes furture certainty (I will ...). In English, the conditional tense is translated as "would + verb," such as, for example, I would buy a ticket, or, They would go to the store. Generally when using the conditional tense, there will be an "if" or a "but," or another reason why the action would or would not be completed. For example:
I would buy a ticket if they were cheaper.
They would go to the store, but it's raining right now.
He wouldn't call her because she yelled at him.
Conjugating Spanish verbs in the Conditional Tense
Just like for Spanish verb conjugations in the future tense, when conjugating Spanish verbs in the conditional tense, you will take the infinitive of the verb and add the appropriate ending. The endings for Spanish verbs in the conditional are:
-ía, ías, ía, íamos, íais, and ían.
Let's look at a few examples in Spanish:
Yo iría al cine, pero no tengo suficiente dinero.
I would go to the movies, but I don't have enough money.
Ellas no comprarían ese auto.
They wouldn't buy that car.
Conjugating Irregular Spanish Verbs in the Conditional Tense
Just as you learned with conjugating irregular Spanish verbs in the future tense, there are irregular Spanish verbs that are formed with a specific stem in the conditional tense. It is the same stem used with the Spanish future tense.
Qué harías esta tarde?
What would you do this afternoon?
Saldría con mis amigos.
I would go out with my friends.
Hay in the Conditional Tense
Hay means there is or there are; this is the present tense. In the Spanish conditional tense, hay becomes habriá, which means there would be.
Habría más personas a la fiesta ....
There would be more people at the party ....