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LEARN SPANISH CONDITIONAL SIMPLE (Condicional Simple - Conditional Simple) INDICATIVE MOOD
Before we study the conditional simple we need to learn some basic concepts about Spanish verbs. Spanish verbs are always either regular or irregular as it happens with English verbs. All Spanish verbs end either in "-ar", "-er" or "-ir ". These are the three Spanish conjugations.
Hablar (to speak) Correr (to run) Añadir (to add)
To form the conditional simple of the indicative mood, we need to take the verb as we find it in the dictionary. Then we add the appropriate ending for each person. For the conditional simple tense of the indicative mood the personal endings are the same for the three conjugations (-ar, -er, -ir) of the verbs.
For the verbs ending in -ar:
Example: We take the verb "hablar" (to speak) and then we add the personal endings.
For the verbs ending in -er:
Example: We take the verb "correr" (to run) and then we add the personal endings.
For the verbs ending in -ir:
Example: We take the verb "añadir" (to add) and then we add the personal endings.
The differences between the persons "tú" (you), "vosotros" (you all), "usted" (you formal) and "ustedes" (you all formal) are explained in Spanish Personal Pronouns .
Example: We are going to take the verb "tener" (to have) which is a very good example of a "very" irregular verb as this verb practically does not follow the rules and is a typical example of verb that you need to study by heart.
SOME GENERAL USES
We use the conditional simple tense to express a possible action.
Your letter could arrive today.
Lo haría si pudiera.
I would do it if I could.
Creo que yo podría ayudarte.
I think I could help you.
The conditional simple is also used to give advices.
If I were you, I would do my homework right now, before your mother gets home.
Deberías estudiarte el condicional simple de los verbos españoles.
You should study the conditional simple of the Spanish verbs.
We also use the conditional simple to express a wish or hope we might have.
María would live by the sea.
Si pudiera, yo estaría ahora en la playa.
If I could, I would be on the beach now.
No me gustaría estar en su situación.
I would not like to be in his situation.
The conditional simple is also the tense used in many contexts to express courtesy
Could you tell me the price of this book, please?
Le agradecería que me enviara una respuesta lo antes posible.
I would appreciate if you could send me a response as soon as possible.
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