The conditional tense - formation

The conditional tense is formed by adding the conditional endings to the infinitive. The endings are the same for -ar, -er and -ir verbs.

estudiar (to study)aprender (to learn)vivir (to live)

Some verbs have an irregular form. The irregular verbs are the same in the conditional tense as they are in the future tense. Here are the most common ones:

decir (to say, to tell) → dir-

hacer (to make, to do) → har-

poder (to be able to) → podr-

poner (to put) → pondr-

querer (to want) → querr-

saber (to know) → sabr-

salir (to leave, to go out) → saldr-

tener (to have) → tendr-

venir (to come) → vendr-

For example:

  • Diría que es muy interesante (I would say it is very interesting).
  • Mis amigos saldrían todo el tiempo (My friends would go out all the time).
  • Juan no vendría a la fiesta (Juan wouldn't come to the party).

Complete the sentences with the correct form of the conditional.

  1. Si ganara la lotería, _______________ (viajar - yo) de primera clase.
  2. En un mundo ideal, nosotros no ________________ (tener) que estudiar.
  3. Mi hermana nunca _____________ (fumar).
  4. Lorena y Esteban no ______________ (comer) una hamburguesa porque son vegetarianos.
  5. Con más dinero, mis padres _______________ (poder) comprar una casa más grande.
  6. Me _______________ (encantar) aprender a cocinar.
  1. Si ganara la loteria, viajaría de primera clase (If I won the lottery, I would travel first class).
  2. En un mundo ideal, nosotros no tendríamos que estudiar (In an ideal world, we wouldn't have to study).
  3. Mi hermana nunca fumaría (My sister would never smoke).
  4. Lorena y Esteban no comerían una hamburguesa porque son vegetarianos (Lorena and Esteban wouldn't eat a hamburger because they are vegetarian).
  5. Con más dinero, mis padres podrían comprar una casa más grande (With more money, my parents would be able to buy a bigger house).
  6. Me encantaría aprender a cocinar (I would love to learn to cook).
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