The conditional tense

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The conditional tense

To form the conditional tense, we add the endings -ía, -ías, -ía, -íamos, -íais and -ían to the infinitive form of the verb:

Yo estaría
Tú estarías
Él/ella/usted estaría
Nosotros/as estaríamos
Vosotros/as estaríais
Ellos/ellas/ustedes estarían
Yo sería
Él/ella/usted sería
Nosotros/as seríamos
Vosotros/as seríais
Ellos/ellas/ustedes serían
Yo iría
Él/ella/usted iría
Nosotros/as iríamos
Vosotros/as iríais
Ellos/ellas/ustedes irían

We use the conditional tense to:

  • Express a wish:

Me gustaría ser vegetariana.

I’d like to be a vegetarian.

  • Make polite requests:

¿Podría ayudarme, por favor? poder, condicional

Could you help me, please?

  • Talk about unreal or imaginary situations:

Magda sería una buena cirujana ser, condicional.

Magda would make a great surgeon.

  • Give advice:

Deberías escuchar a tu abuela deber, condicional.

You should listen to your grandmother.

  • Express a past assumption (that turned out to be false):

Creía que no vendrías (pero viniste) venir, condicional.

I thought you would not come (but you came).

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