Use The Spanish Conditional Tense Like A Pro: Conjugation + Examples

The Spanish conditional tense is one of the verb tenses that Spanish students prefer.

How so?

Because it is really, really easy to learn!

Check out the following video from Spring Languages to learn more about it!

Keep reading and master the use and conjugation of the Spanish conditional!

1. When To Use The Conditional Tense In Spanish

According to the Real Academia Española (RAE), the adjective “condicional” means “including and carrying a condition or requirement”.

The simple conditional tense is used in the following cases

To refer to a future hypothetical situation that would or could occur if something else happened

SI + imperfect subjunctive, conditional tense
Si tú estuvieras en tu casa mañana, yo iría
(If you were at home tomorrow, I would go.)
To refer to a present hypothetical situation that is not real

SI + imperfect subjunctive, conditional tense
Si estuviera en Argentina, hablaría mucho español.
(If I were in Argentina, I would speak a lot of Spanish.)
To make polite requests and invitations.¿Me ayudarías con mi tarea de español, por favor?
(Would you help me with my Spanish homework, please?)

¿Cenarías conmigo el sábado?
(Would you have dinner with me on Saturday?)
To express a present wish.
Me gustaría mucho hablar español como un nativo.
(I would really like to speak Spanish like a native speaker.)
To give advice, sometimes placing ourselves in the other’s shoes.
Deberías estudiar más si quieres aprobar el examen de español.
(You should study more if you want to pass the Spanish exam.)

Si (yo) fuera tú, (yo) estudiaría más para el examen.
(If I were you, I would study more for the exam.)
To refer to a past hypothesis, usually with verbs of communication like decir (say) or contar (tell), or with cognitive verbs like pensar (think) or creer (believe).Julia me dijo que estaría lista a las 10.
(Julia told me that she would be ready by 10.)

Creí que llegarías más temprano.
(I thought that you would arrive earlier.)

2. Regular Spanish Verbs In The Conditional Tense

Learning how to form the conditional tense of regular verbs in Spanish is very easy if you already know how to conjugate Spanish regular verbs in simple future tense.

In both these tenses, we don’t need to drop the infinitive endings -ar, -er, and -ir, but we use the entire infinitive instead, and add the new endings:

  • -ía
  • -ías
  • -ía
  • -íamos
  • -ían.


How to form regular Spanish verbs in the conditional tense

estudi-ar (to study)volv-er (to return)sent-ir (to feel)

Now, let’s see how the conjugation of regular verb in Spanish works in everyday life:

  • Si tuviéramos más tiempo, estudiaríamos más. – If we had more time, we would study more.  
  • Si me invitaran otra vez, volvería. –If they invited me again, I would return.
  • ¿Cómo te sentirías en mi lugar? – How would you feel if you were me?
  • ¿Os gustaría venir a casa esta noche? – Would you like to come home tonight?
  • Me dijeron que vendrían a cenar. – They told me that they would come for dinner.
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Si tuviéramos más tiempo, estudiaríamos más. – If we had more time, we would study more.  

3. Form The Spanish Conditional Tense: Irregular Verbs With Stem Changes

What about irregular verbs in the conditional tense?

Well, there are only twelve irregular verbs in the Spanish conditional tense, and they are exactly the same as those in the simple future tense.

Spanish conditional tense open window
¿Podría abrir la ventana, por favor? – Could you open the window, please?

Also, the irregularity falls on the root or base form of the verb, so we just need to remember the new base form and then add the conditional ending that we’ve just seen, taking into account the person.


Irregular verbs in the conditional tense

InfinitiveIrregular base formSpanish Conditional Tense Examples
To fit
CabrCreí que (yo) cabría en el coche.
(I thought I’d fit in the car.)
To say
Dir-¿Me dirías la hora?
(Could you tell me the time?)
Habr-Dicen que él habría estado allí.
(They say he would’ve been there.)
To do/make
Har-Ella haría cualquier cosa por él.
(She would do anything for him.)
Podr-¿Podría abrir la ventana, por favor?
(Could you open the window, please?)
To put
Pondr-Pondríamos más dinero, si pudiéramos.
(We’d put more money, if we could.)
To want
QuerrNosotras querríamos ir también.
(We’d like to go, too.)
To know
Sabr-No lo sabríais de no ser por mí.
(You wouldn’t know it if it weren’t for me.)
To go out
Saldr¿Saldríais con nosotros esta noche?
(Would you go out with us tonight?)
To have
Tendr-Tendrían que estudiar más.
(You should study more.)
To cost
ValdrDijeron que estos valdrían menos que aquellos.
(They said that these ones would cost less than those ones.)
To come
Vendr-Pensé que vendrían a cenar.
(I thought they’d come for dinner.)

From now on, whenever you’re planning a Spanish travel, be brave enough to engage in a conversation in Spanish! You have the knowledge for it!

4. Practice Section – Fill In The Blanks For The Correct Form Of Spanish Conditional

I. Fill in the blanks with the correct conditional form of the verb in parentheses.

Example: Si yo fuera tú, no ___ (ir) al cine. (Answer: iría)

If you want to practice more grammar, make sure to check out our Full Practice Worksheet and figure out when the conditional is used yourself!

5. How To Master The Conditional Tense In Spanish With Conversation Based Chunking

You can now use the conditional tense to express what would happen in different situations.

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