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This lesson is part of the Pre-Intermediate Spanish Course
(69 Spanish video or mp3 lessons. 4 hrs 41 mins)

Pre Intermediate Spanish Course

Pre-Intermediate Spanish Lesson 59: Spanish Conditional tense El condicional (Part 2)

In this Spanish lesson we are going to learn the irregular verbs of the Spanish Conditional tense El Condicional that is the equivalent of Would in English. The Spanish Conditional tense is used to express future uncertainty, rather than the future certainty as expressed by future tenses such as Going to.. and Will. In English, the Conditional tense is formed with Would + verb and there is usually an If or a But, or another reason why the action would or would not be completed. To conjugate Spanish verbs in the Conditional tense you take the infinitive of the verb and add the appropriate ending, just as we have done with all of the other key Spanish grammar tenses we have seen so far. It is, therefore, vital to have a long list of Spanish verbs in your repertoire as well as being absolutely clear on when to use the Spanish Conditional and when someone is speaking to you using the Spanish Conditional. In the previous Spanish lesson we saw how to conjugate regular Spanish verbs for El Condicional with the insertion of -ía, -ías, -íamos, -íais and -ían and in this lesson we will see some of the irregular Spanish verbs which do not follow this general rule.

Lesson notes:

Irregulars that remove the vowel “e”:
Caber: cabr-: cabría: it would fit
Haber: Habr-: habría: there would be
Poder: podr-: podría: he/she would be able
Querer: querr-: querría: he/she would want
Saber: sabr-: sabría: he/she would know

Irregulars that remove the “e” and add a “d”:
Poner : pondr-: pondría: he/she would put
Tener: tendr-: tendría: he/she/it would have
Valer: valdr-: valdría: it would cost
Venir: vendr-: vendría: he/she would come
Salir. saldr-: saldría: he/she would leave

Others:
Decir: dir-: diría: he/she would say
Hacer: har. haría: he/she would do

Activity:

Translate the following…

I would say
We would put
He would know
They would want
Would you come? (informal/one person)

Here are the answers to the last activity:

Iríamos
Verían
Comería
Viviría
¿Leeríais?

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