The Conditional Perfect tense in Spanish (“Condicional Perfecto”) is a used to talk about something that would have happened, if only a condition had been fulfilled (but it wasn’t).
In this lesson, will first learn the conjugation of verbs in Conditional Perfect, and then study its use providing example sentences.
The Conditional Perfect is constructed with 2 words:
- The first word is the verb “haber” conjugated in Conditional tense, for the proper person.
- The second word is the Past Participle of the verb you want to conjugate. Because the Past Participle is used in more than one verb tense, we have written separate lesson about how to form the Past Participle. Click here to learn how to form the Past Participle. This word is the same for all persons.
That means, the resulting model is:
|yo||habría||... + Past Participle of the main verb|
Following the model we just learned, here are two verbs fully conjugated in Conditional Perfect:
We use Conditional Perfect to talk about something that would have happened, if only a condition had been fulfilled (but it wasn’t).
Si me lo hubieras contado, habría actuado de otra forma. = If you had told me, I would have acted differently.
(I would have acted different, but the condition wasn’t fulfilled).
Si hubiéramos hecho las tareas, habríamos impresionado a nuestro profesor. = If we had done the homework, we would have impressed our teacher.
(We would have, but the condition wasn’t fulfilled).
Remember: The conditional tense is NOT used for the part of the sentence which refer to the condition («If you had told me», «If we had done»…), but only for the part which refers to what would have happened then («I would have acted», «we would have impressed»…)