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Spanish Conditional Tense: The Ultimate Guide

If you would just read this article, you would understand how to identify and use the conditional tense. That sentence is an example of the conditional tense being used in English. So what is it?


The conditional tense is used to show what would happen in a certain situation, in this case, what you WOULD understand if you WOULD read this article.


In this article we’ll take a look at the 20 most common verbs in Spanish conjugated for the conditional tense, we’ll talk about how to use them, and what the rules are, and I’ll provide a ton of example sentences so that you can start to acquire them.

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What Is The Conditional Tense In Spanish?

The conditional tense is used to talk about events that could happen in the future under certain circumstances. It’s like the Spanish equivalent of the word “would” - for example: “I would go to the park if it doesn’t rain”


How Do You Use The Conditional Tense?

The conditional tense is extremely simple, just add one of the following endings to the verb in its infinite form - Check it out:

Subject

Conditional Tense Ending

Yo (I)

ÍA

Tú (You)

ÍAS

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

ÍA

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

ÍAN

Nosotros/as (We)

ÍAMOS

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

ÍAIS

Example - Yo viajaría


Exception To The “Simple Rule”

Whenever we’re talking about some irregular verbs, things switch up a bit. The same endings apply, however, it’s common that the base word changes a bit. Take a look:


Hacer (Irregular Verb) = Haría

Sometimes you’ll see the E or I get swapped out for a D


Salir – Saldría

Yo saldría a las 6, pero hoy tengo que trabajar hasta las 9

(I would go at 6, but I have to work until 9)

Poner – Pondría

Yo lo pondría por allí en la pared

(I would put it over there on the wall)

Valer – Valdría

Ee, no valdría la pena

(Eh, it wouldn’t be worth it)


Venir – Vendría

Yo vendría a las 8 si pudiera

(I would come at 8 if I could)


Tener – Tendría

Yo tendría 6 hijos, pero mi esposo solo quiere 3

(I would have 6 kids, but my husband only wants 3)


ADDITIONAL TIP FOR THE SPANISH CONDITIONAL TENSE

Whenever you use the conditional tense, you most commonly pair it with the Past Subjunctive Tense. For example:


Yo iría a los estados unidos si tuviera bastante dinero

(I would go to the USA if I had enough money)


20 Most Common Verbs In The Conditional Tense


Ser — to be

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Sería

Tú (You)

Serías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Sería

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Serían

Nosotros/as (We)

Seríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Seríais


Estar — to be, to be situated

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Estaría

Tú (You)

Estarías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Estaría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Estarían

Nosotros/as (We)

Estaríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Estaríais


Tener — to have

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Tendría

Tú (You)

Tendrías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Tendría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Tendrían

Nosotros/as (We)

Tendríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Tendríais


Hacer — to do, to make

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Haría

Tú (You)

Harías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Haría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Harían

Nosotros/as (We)

Haríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Haríais


Ir — to go

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Iría

Tú (You)

Irías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Iría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Irían

Nosotros/as (We)

Iríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Iríais


Poder — to be able to, can

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Podría

Tú (You)

Podrías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Podría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Podrían

Nosotros/as (We)

Podríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Podríais


Saber — to know, can

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Sabría

Tú (You)

Sabrías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Sabría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Sabrían

Nosotros/as (We)

Sabríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Sabríais


Poner — to put

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Pondría

Tú (You)

Pondrías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Podría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Podrían

Nosotros/as (We)

Podríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Podríais



Haber — to have, to be

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Habría

Tú (You)

Habrías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Habría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Habrían

Nosotros/as (We)

Habríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Habríais


Decir — to say, to tell

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Diría

Tú (You)

Dirías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Diría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Dirían

Nosotros/as (We)

Diríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Diríais


Querer — to want

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Querría

Tú (You)

Querrías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Querría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Querrían

Nosotros/as (We)

Querríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Querríais


Hablar — to speak

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Hablaría

Tú (You)

Hablarías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Hablaría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Hablarían

Nosotros/as (We)

Hablaríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Hablaríais


Dar — to give

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Daría

Tú (You)

Darías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Daría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Darían

Nosotros/as (We)

Daríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Daríais


Ver — to see, to watch

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Vería

Tú (You)

Verías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Vería

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Verían

Nosotros/as (We)

Veríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Veríais


Comer — to eat

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Comería

Tú (You)

Comerías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Comería

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Comerían

Nosotros/as (We)

Comeríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Comeríais


Tomar — to take, to have

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Tomaría

Tú (You)

Tomarías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Tomaría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Tomarían

Nosotros/as (We)

Tomaríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Tomaríais


Vivir — to live

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Viviría

Tú (You)

Vivirías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Viviría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Vivirían

Nosotros/as (We)

Viviríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Viviríais


Necesitar — to need

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Necesitaría

Tú (You)

Necesitarías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Necesitaría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Necesitarían

Nosotros/as (We)

Necesitaríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Necesitaríais


Quedar — to stay, to meet

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Quedaría

Tú (You)

Quedarías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Quedaría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Quedarían

Nosotros/as (We)

Quedaríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Quedaríais


Venir — to come

Subject

Verb In The Conditional Tense

Yo (I)

Vendría

Tú (You)

Vendrías

Él/Ella/Usted (He/She/You-Formal)

Vendría

Ellos/Ellas/Ustedes (Them/You-Plural)

Vendrían

Nosotros/as (We)

Vendríamos

Vosotros/as (You-Plural | SPAIN)

Vendríais



Example Sentences In Spanish Using The Conditional Tense

In this example section, I’ll color the verb in the conditional tense with blue and the verb in the subjunctive tense with orange.

Spanish Sentence

English Translation

Yo sería feliz si tuviera un perro

I would be happy if I had a dog

Yo estaría en México si eso no hubiera pasado

I would be in mexico if that wouldn’t have happened

Ella tendría más dinero si hubiera trabajado

She would have more money if she would have worked

Harías más trabajo en ese puesto

You would do more work in that position

Iríamos a México si tuviéramos el dinero

We would go to Mexico if we had the money

Ella podría cambiar el mundo

She could change the world

No sabrías qué hacer en esa situación

You wouldn’t know what to do in that situation

Yo lo pondría por allí en la pared

I would put it over there on the wall

¿Qué habrías hecho?

What would you have done?

Yo diría que sí tiene sentido

I would say that it does make sense

¿Qué querrías hacer entonces?

What would you want to do then?

Ella hablaría contigo, pero está ocupada

She would talk with you, but she’s busy

Daríamos un mil pesos para eso

We would give a thousand pesos for that

Ustedes verían la potencial que tiene

You all would see the potential that he has

Yo comería huevos, pero solo tengo uno

I would eat eggs, but I only have one

Ella tomaría una cerveza, pero está enferma

She would drink a beer, but she’s sick

Yo viviría en Francia si tuviera bastante dinero

I would live in France if I had enough money

Si quieres ir, necesitarías comprar un boleto

If you want to go, you would need to buy a ticket

Me quedaría en casa, pero tengo que trabajar

I would stay at home, but I have to work

Ella vendría a tu casa, pero está en el hospital

She would come to your house, but she’s in the hospital


Conclusion: The Conditional Tense In Spanish

To summarize and conclude, the conditional tense is used to talk about actions that would be carried out in a certain situation.


For example “I would eat before work, but I don’t have time.” Whenever we use the word “If” (Si) with the conditional tense, we generally follow it up with a verb in the subjunctive form.


For example “Yo sería feliz si tuviera un perro” or “I would be happy if I had a dog.” The way that we can tell that a verb is in the conditional tense, is by seeing “ÍA” being put at the end of a verb.


If you want to fully understand how to use this tense, check out the Subjunctive Tense Tutorial because this tense goes hand and hand with the conditional.


I hope this helped you out, let me know in the comment section if you have any suggestions, comments, or concerns. Hasta luego,


~ Ben


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