Spanish Conditional Tense – Conjugation and Uses

The Spanish Conditional tense (“Condicional”) is used to talk about hypothetical situations. We can also use it in some situations to express a request or a wish in a polite way.

In this lesson, we will first study its conjugation, and then talk about its uses.



Regular Verbs

The conjugation of Regular Verbs in Conditional tense is very easy, because of 2 reasons:

  • It doesn’t matter if the verb ends in “-AR”, “-ER” or “-IR”. The endings are the same for all cases.
  • We don’t even need to «cut» the verb before adding the endings: we attach the endings directly to the Infinitive.

The endings are the ones presented in this table:



For example, here are the full conjugations of the verbs “amar”, “ser” and “sentir”:



Irregular Verbs

For the Irregular Verbs, the endings are the same as for the regulars, but the stem will present some small change.

Here is a list of the most important Irregulars. You can see the irregular stem in the middle, and then at the right side the verb fully conjugated using that irregular stem.

VerbNew stemFull conjugation
Decirdir-diría, dirías, diría, diríamos, diríais, dirían
Haberhabr-habría, habrías, habría, habríamos, habríais, habrían
Hacerhar-haría, harías, haría, haríamos, haríais, harían
Poderpodr-podría, podrías, podría, podríamos, podríais, podrían
Ponerpondr-pondría, pondrías, pondría, pondríamos, pondríais, pondrían
Quererquerr-querría, querrías, querría, querríamos, querríais, querrían
Sabersabr-sabría, sabrías, sabría, sabríamos, sabríais, sabrían
Salirsaldr-saldría, saldrías, saldría, saldríamos, saldríais, saldrían
Tenertendr-tendría, tendrías, tendría, tendríamos, tendríais, tendrían
Venirvendr-vendría, vendrías, vendría, vendríamos, vendríais, vendrían



Similarities between the Conditional tense and the Simple Future

The Future tense and the Conditional tense have very similar conjugations. Click here to read about the Simple Future tense.

Actually, except for the endings, everything else is the same for these two tenses. We invite you to take some minutes to compare them and observe how similar they are.


1.- Expressing Consequences of hypothetical situations 

We use the Conditional tense to express the hypothetical consequences (what WOULD occur), if something else happened.


Si estudiases más, aprobarías el examen. = If you studied harder, you would pass the exam.

Compraría esta chaqueta si tuviera más dinero. = I would buy this jacket if i had more money.


2.- For the English words «could» and «should»

 English "could"English "should"


If I had my tools, I could fix the radio. = Si tuviera mis herramientas, podría arreglar la radio.

You should see this. = Deberías ver esto.


3.- Expressing a wish or a request in a polite way

Sometimes we use the conditional tense to express a wish request or wish in a polite way. Again, in English we use the words “would, could, should” for this too, so it all makes sense.


Me gustaría tener una bonita casa. = I would like to have a nice house.

¿Podría traerme la carta, por favor? = Could you bring me the menu, please?

De primer plato, querría una sopa de tomate. = For the first course, I would like a tomato soup.


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