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Conditional — Spanish Verb Conjugation


Spanish Mini Course - Conditional Verbs

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Now, we’ll learn how to use the conditional tense in Spanish. Like with other verbs, we also have a nickname for it. It is called the “would” tense. We call it that because it’s just like putting the word “would” in front of any verb. For example. “I would eat”, “She would run”, “He would talk” and so forth. This tense is very easy to learn. Like the future tense, it has the same verb endings for AR ER and IR verbs.

Let’s take a look at the endings now.

Yo                               ía 

nosotros                                   íamos

tú                                 ías

vosotros
(Tú Plural)
(used only in Spain)                íais

Él

ía
ía
ía

 

ellos

ían
ían
ían

Ella

ellas

usted

ustedes (uds.)


Let’s review those again.

ía         ías        ía         íamos        íais              ían

Now, just like the future tense is that you don’t take off an ending, you just put it on right after the verb. You simply put this ending on after the AR, ER or IR verbs. Now, you may have noticed something familiar about these endings. They are exactly like the endings of the “Back” or “Imperfect” verbs. The only difference is that these endings always come after the “r” at the end of each verb. So, just like present tense, we’re going to add an “r” to our conjugation chart to help you remember that the endings always come after the “r”.

Yo                               ría 

nosotros                                   ríamos

tú                                 rías

vosotros
(Tú Plural)
(used only in Spain)                        ríais

Él

ría

ellos

 

 

       rían

Ella

ellas

usted

ustedes (uds.)


Let’s see how it works starting with “yo”:

I would speak is “Hablaría”
I would eat is “Comería”
I would live is “Viviría”

If we use María or “tú”:

You would speak is “Hablarías”
You would eat is “Comerías”
You would live is “Vivirías”

Now let’s practice the future tense for he, she or you formal (remember, this is if you’d use a title with someone like “Dr.” or “Mrs.”):

He would speak is “Hablaría”
She would eat is “Comería”
Mrs. Garcia, you would live is “Viviría”

Next we’ll look at the future tense for nosotros:

We would speak is “Hablaríamos”
We would eat is “Comeríamos”
We would live is “Viviríamos”

Now we’ll jump to the future tense for “they” (ellos, ellas) and “you plural” or Uds.:

They would speak is “Hablarían”
They would eat is “Comerían”
All of you would live is “Vivirían”

Now take a look at the “Conditional” or “Would” endings one more time.

ría        rías       ría        ríamos       ríais             rían

Now let’s try these using the chart on the screen and the verb “llevar” which means “to carry”.

I would carry / (yo llevar)

Llevaría

You would carry / (tú llevar)

Llevarías

He would carry / (él llevar)

Llevaría

She would carry / (ella llevar)

Llevaría

You would carry / (Ud. llevar)

Llevaría

We would carry / (Nosotros llevar)

Llevaríamos

Now the vosotros form

Llevaríais

They would carry / (ellos llevar)

Llevarían

They would carry / (ellas llevar)

Llevarían


Now, since repetition is so important, let’s repeat the endings again.

ría        rías       ría        ríamos       ríais             rían

Now we’ll practice with a few different verbs. Are you ready?

I would sell…

(Yo) vendería

You would live – using “tú”

(Tú) vivirías

He would promise

(Él) prometería

She would run

(Ella) correría

You would decide…

(Ud.) decidiría

We would open it…

(Nosotros) lo abriríamos

They would learn

(Ellos) aprenderían

If all of you would eat

Si (Uds.) comerían


Review

I would look

miraría

(Marta) You would search for

buscarías

He would love

amaría

She would need

necesitaría

(Sra. Benites) You would paint

pintaría

We would pay

pagaríamos

They would plan

planearían

All of you would practice

practicarían

I would prepare

prepararía

(Martín) You would rest

descansarías

He would return

regresaría

She would send

mandaría

(Sr. Mendes) You would touch

tocaría

We would sing

cantaríamos

They would speak

hablarían

All of you would spend

gastarían

I would study

estudiaría

(Marta) You would swim

nadarías

He would take out

sacaría

She would take

tomaría

(Sra. Perez) You would teach

enseñaría

We would play (instrument)

tocaríamos

They would travel

viajarían

All of you would try (to...)

tratarían (de...)

I would use

usaría

We would visit

visitaríamos

We would hope

esperaríamos

We would walk

caminaríamos

(Pablo) You would earn

ganarías

(Paola) You would work

trabajarías

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