Spanish Conditional Tense – Conjugation and Uses

The Spanish Conditional tense («Condicional») is mainly used to talk about what WOULD happen in hypothetical situations. Sometimes we also use it to express wishes or requests.

In this post, we will go through the following points:

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

1. Conjugation in Spanish Conditional

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 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 presents some small change.

Here is a list of the most important Irregulars. In the middle column we can see the irregular stem we need to use, and in the right column the verb fully conjugated.

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 Simple Future and the Conditional 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.

2. Uses of the Conditional

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

Sometimes we use the conditional tense to express a wish request or wish in a polite way.


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.

3. Quiz about the Conditional!

Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge!:

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