Languages › Spanish Conjugating Spanish Verbs in the Conditional Tense Share Flipboard Email Print Si yo hablara español, viajaría a Nicaragua. (If I spoke Spanish, I would travel to Nicaragua.). Photo by Adalberto.H.Vega; licensed via Creative Commons. Spanish Grammar History & Culture Pronunciation Vocabulary Writing Skills By Gerald Erichsen Spanish Language Expert B.A., Seattle Pacific University Gerald Erichsen is a Spanish language expert who has created Spanish lessons for ThoughtCo since 1998. our editorial process Gerald Erichsen Updated February 07, 2019 The conjugation of the conditional tense is fairly straightforward, because all three types of verbs (-ar, -er and -ir) use the same ending, and the ending is applied to the infinitive rather than to a portion of the verb. Also, there are few irregular verbs in the conditional. These are the endings that are applied to turn an infinitive to a verb in the conditional tense: First-person singular (I): -íaSecond-person singular (familiar you): -íasThird-person singular (he, she, formal you): -íaFirst-person plural (we): -íamosSecond-person plural (familiar you): -íaisThird-person plural (they, familiar you): -ían As an example, here are the conjugated forms of vivir (to live) using the same pattern as is applied to all regular verbs. Yo viviría, I would liveTú vivirías, you (informal singular) would liveUsted, él, ella viviría, you (formal singular), he, she would liveNosotros, nosotras viviríamos, we would liveVosotros, vosotras viviríais, you (informal plural) would liveEllos, ellas ustedes vivirían, they, you (plural formal) would live You may notice that the endings attached to the infinitives are the same as the endings of haber in the imperfect, just as the endings attached to infinitives to make the future tense are the same as the endings of haber (but with added accent marks) in the present tense. And there's another similarity with the future tense: Some verbs are irregular in the future tense in that the ending is attached to a variation of the stem rather than to the infinitive. The same verbs that are irregular in the future tense are irregular in the conditional, and in the same way. So just as the first-person future of tener is tendré instead of teneré, the first-person conditional of tener is tendría instead of tenería. The same pattern is followed for the other persons, with this being the full conjugation of tener in the conditional: tendría, tendrías, tendría, tendríamos, tendríais, tendrían. Common Verbs With Irregular in the Conditional Here are the most common verbs that are irregular in the conditional: Caber (to fit): cabría, cabrías Decir (to say): diría, dirías Haber (to have): habría, habrías Hacer (to do or make): haría, haríasPoder (to be able): podría, podrías Poner (to put): pondría, pondrías Querer (to want): querría, querrías Saber (to know): sabría, sabríasSalir (to leave): saldría, saldrías Valer (to be worth): valdría, valdrías Venir (to come): vendría, vendrías The other verbs that are irregular in the conditional are based on these verbs. For example, proponer follows the pattern of poner, and deshacer follows the pattern of hacer. Finally, here are some examples of sentences using the conditional: Te amaría si supiera tu nombre. I would love you if I knew your name.No compraríamos tantas cosas. We would never buy so many things.Si me preguntan, yo diría que lo mejor es decir no. If they ask me, I would say that the best thing is to say no.Nos decían que no saldríamos vivos. They told us we would not leave alive.Si recomendaran mi libro ¿lo leerían ustedes? If they were to recommend my book, would you read it?