Spanish Conditional Perfect – Conjugation and Uses

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:

  1. Conjugation in Spanish Conditional Perfect
  2. Uses of the Conditional Perfect
  3. Quiz about the Conditional Perfect!


1. Conjugation in Spanish Conditional Perfect

The Conditional Perfect is constructed with 2 words:


That means, the resulting model is:

yohabría... + Past Participle of the main verb
habrías
élhabría
nosotroshabríamos
vosotroshabríais
elloshabrían


Examples

Following the model we just learned, here are two verbs fully conjugated in Conditional Perfect:

«Bailar»:

 Bailar
yohabría bailado
habrías bailado
élhabría bailado
nosotroshabríamos bailado
vosotroshabríais bailado
elloshabrían bailado

«Comer»:

 Comer
yohabría comido
habrías comido
élhabría comido
nosotroshabríamos comido
vosotroshabríais comido
elloshabrían comido




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).

Examples:

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!

(Coming soon…)