The conditional form of regular verbs

We form the conditional by adding the endings -ei, -esti, -ebbe, -emmo, -este and -ebbero to the infinitive as shown:

  • With -are verbs, we drop the final -e from the infinitive and charge the last -a- to an -e-.
Io abiterei
Tu abiteresti
Lui/lei abiterebbe
Noi abiteremmo
Voi abitereste
Loro abiterebbero
  • With -ere and -ire verbs we simply drop the final -e from the infinitive before adding the relevant ending.
Io prenderei
Tu prenderesti
Lui/lei prenderebbe
Noi prenderemmo
Voi prendereste
Loro prenderebbero
Io dormirei
Tu dormiresti
Lui/lei dormirebbe
Noi dormiremmo
Voi dormireste
Loro dormirebbero

We use the conditional to:

  • Talk about things we would like, using verbs like piacere (to please), desiderare (to desire), essere felici di (to be happy to) or volere (to want):

Mi piacerebbe essere vegetariana. piacere, condizionale presente

I would like to be a vegetarian.

  • Ask for things politely:

Riuscirebbe ad aiutarmi, per favore? riuscire, condizionale presente

Could you help me, please?

  • For hypothetical or imaginary scenarios:

Maria lavorerebbe in un hotel. lavorare, condizionale presente

Maria would work in a hotel.

  • Giving advice:

Consiglierei più sport e una dieta sana. consigliare, condizionale presente

I'd recommend more exercise and a healthy diet.

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