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To form the conditional simple, we add the endings -ía, -ías, -ía, -íamos, -íais and -ían to the infinitive of the verb:
We use the conditional simple to:
- Express a wish:
Me gustaría ser vegetariana.
I’d like to be a vegetarian.
- Make polite requests:
¿Podría ayudarme, por favor?
Could you help me, please?
- Talk about unreal or imaginary situations:
Magda sería una buena cirujana.
Magda would make a great surgeon.
- Give advice:
Deberías escuchar a tu abuela.
You should listen to your grandmother.
- Express a past assumption (that turned out to be false):
Creía que no vendrías (pero viniste).
I thought you would not come (but you came).
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