Spanish Conditional Perfect – The Ultimate Guide

Spanish Conditional Perfect, Title of the Grammar Lesson

Welcome to our grammar lesson about the Spanish Conditional Perfect tense.

The Conditional Perfect (“Condicional Perfecto”) is a verb tense in Spanish. We use it to talk about something that would have happened, if only a condition had been fulfilled (but it wasn’t).

Conjugating verbs in Conditional Perfect is easy, with the formula “haber” + Past Participle.

In this lesson we will learn how to conjugate and use verbs in Conditional Perfect, providing example sentences. At the end you’ll will find a Quiz and an Exercise for practice.

1. Conjugation of verbs in Conditional Perfect

The formula to construct the Conditional Perfect consists of 2 words:

  • The first word is the auxiliary verb “haber” conjugated in Conditional Tense for the proper person: “habría, habrías, habría, habríamos, habríais, habrían”.
  • The second word is the Past Participle of the verb expressing the action. The Past Participle is the same for all persons.

With our formula in mind, here are some examples of verbs fully conjugated in Conditional Perfect. These particular verbs have a Regular Past Participle:

yohabría jugadohabría bebidohabría sentido
habrías jugadohabrías bebidohabrías sentido
élhabría jugadohabría bebidohabría sentido
nosotroshabríamos jugadohabríamos bebidohabríamos sentido
vosotroshabríais jugadohabríais bebidohabríais sentido
elloshabrían jugadohabrían bebidohabrían sentido

And here are a couple more verbs conjugated in Conditional Perfect. In this case, they have an Irregular Past Participle:

yohabría hechohabría visto
habrías hechohabrías visto
élhabría hechohabría visto
nosotroshabríamos hechohabríamos visto
vosotroshabríais hechohabríais visto
elloshabrían hechohabrían visto


The Past Participle of regular verbs in -ar ends in -ado.
The Past Participle of regular verbs in -er and -ir ends in -ido.

But there are also some verbs with an irregular Past Participle.

Click here to learn more about the Past Participle and its Irregularities.

2. Uses of the Conditional Perfect

We use Conditional Perfect to talk about what would have happened, if only a condition had been fulfilled (but it wasn’t).


We only use the Conditional Perfect to say what would have happened, not for the unfulfilled condition.

For the unfulfilled condition, we use another tense called Past Perfect Subjunctive.

Read the following example sentences. The verb in Conditional Perfect is highlighted in green, the verb in Past Perfect Subjunctive in black:

¿Qué habrías hecho si te lo hubiera contado?
What would you have done, if I had told you?

Si me lo hubieras contado, habría actuado de otra forma.
If you had told me, I would have acted differently.

Si hubiéramos hecho las tareas, habríamos impresionado a nuestro profesor.
If we had done the homework, we would have impressed our teacher.

Marta habría organizado la fiesta si hubiera tenido tiempo.
Marta would have organized the party if she had had time.

¿Habríais comprado el juego si hubiera sido más barato?
Would you have bought the game if it had been cheaper?

Si los jugadores hubieran entrenado más duro, habrían ganado el partido.
If the players had trained harder, they would have won the match.

Of course, it is also possible to use the Conditional Perfect in simpler sentences, as long as you are expressing what would have happened in some circumstance.

Here are some examples:

¿Qué habrías hecho en mi lugar?
What would you have don in my place?

En tu lugar, habría bailado con la chica.
In your place, I would have danced with the girl.

¿Habríais venido a mi cumpleaños?
Would you guys have come to my birthday?

3. Practice the Spanish Conditional Perfect


Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge about the Conditional Perfect!:


A man thinks about what he and other people would have done differently, if only they had been smarter. Fill the gaps in your mind or on a piece of paper using the Conditional Perfect. Then check the solutions below:

“Si todos nosotros hubiéramos sido más inteligentes…

… yo no _____ 1.(comprar) aquel coche de segunda mano que se rompió poco después.
Mis amigos Carlos y Ángel _____ 2.(llevar) ropa de abrigo en su viaje a Rusia.
Mis hijos y yo no _____ 3.(ver) esa lamentable peli de superhéroes en el cine. _____ 4.(elegir, nosotros) otra.
Hay muchas cosas que yo no _____ 5.(decir) en momentos de tensión o nerviosismo.
Mi mujer _____ 6.(casarse) con otro… ¡Es broma!” 🙂

Solutions to the Exercise: 1 = habría comprado, 2 = habrían llevado, 3 = habríamos visto, 4 = Habríamos elegido, 5 = habría dicho, 6 = se habría casado