Spanish Grammar: Irregular Verbs in the Conditional Mood

Spanish Grammar: Irregular Verbs in the Conditional Mood

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Identify:

Spanish Grammar: Irregular Verbs in the Conditional Mood
la gramática española: los verbos irregulares en el modo condicional

  • The conditional mood is not as dependent on time, rather certainty or ability.
  • The conditional mood is used to indicate what would happen.

Study:

There are only a handful of verbs that are irregular in the conditional mood.
All of the conditional endings stay the same, but the stem of each verb changes instead.

There are three ways that the stem of the verb can change.

a. Replace the final vowel with [d].

This only works with certain [-ER] and [-IR] verbs.
Replace the last vowel with the letter [d], then add the appropriate ending.

poner
yo pondría

salir
yo saldría

tener
yo tendría

valer
yo valdría

venir
yo vendría

b. Remove the final infinitive vowel.

This only works with certain [-ER] verbs.
Remove the last vowel from the infinitive, then add the appropriate ending.

caber
yo cabría

haber
yo habría

poder
yo podría

querer
yo querría

saber
yo sabría

c. Memorize the last two verbs …

Nothing special, just got to remember them.

decir
yo diría

hacer
yo haría

Adapt:

¿Qué harían ellos?
What would they do?

¿Dónde pondríamos los documentos?
Where would we place the documents?

¿Quién querría el dinero?
Who would want the money?

¿Cómo cabríamos dentro del carro?
How would we fit inside the car?

¿Cuándo saldrían ellos?
When would they leave?

¿Por qué vendría ella tarde?
Why would she arrive late?

¿Cuántas personas sabrían mañana?
How many people would know tomorrow?

¿Cuánto valdría la moto?
How much would the motorcycle be worth?

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