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.
In this post, we will go through the following points:
- Conjugation in Spanish Conditional Perfect
- Uses of the Conditional Perfect
- Quiz about the Conditional Perfect!
1. Conjugation in Spanish Conditional Perfect
The Conditional Perfect is constructed with 2 words:
- The first word is the verb «haber» conjugated in Conditional: «habría, habrías, habría, habríamos, habríais, habrían»
- The second word is the Past Participle of the main verb, and it is the same for all persons. Click here if you don’t know how to form the Past Participle.
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:
2. Uses of the 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 about what would have happened in that case («I would have acted», «we would have impressed»…)
3. Quiz about the Conditional Perfect!