Hi, there! How are you doing? I hope you are great! Today I want you to answer this question:

(1) “What would you like to do tomorrow?”

You can write your answer below (comment section). Now I’ve got another question for you: “what verbal tense have I used in the question?”. I am talking about a desire that you want in the future (near future in this case). You have to use in English “would + infinitive” and this verbal tense is called conditional. Then, Spanish has its own conditional verbal tense (tiempo condicional simple en el modo indicativo). We are going to learn this verbal tense today!

We use it when we express what we would like to do in the future. Then, you can use this verbal tense to talk about future plans or ideas.

(2) I would like to visit my auntie this weekend.

Me gustaría visitar a mi tía este fin de semana.

(3) I would watch my favourite film now, but I can’t. I have to work.

Vería mi película favorita ahora, pero no puedo. Tengo que trabajar.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Easy! You don’t need to remove the infinitive ending! I am sure that you like these news! Therefore, you have to keep the infinitive form of the verb and, after that, you have to add one of these endings (after checking the correct person and number):

PERSON and NUMBERENDING
Yo-ía
-ías
Él / ella / usted-ía
Nosotros / nosotras-íamos
Vosotros / vosotras-íais
Ellos / ellas / ustedes-ían

Examples,

EnglishSpanishPerson and numberVerbal form
To travel (I would travel)ViajarYo (1st person singular)Yo viajar + ía = viajaría
To eat (He would eat)ComerÉl (3rd person singular)Él comer + ía = comería
To study (We would study)EstudiarWe (1st person plural)We estudiar + íamos = estudiaríamos
To read (They would read)LeerThey (3rd person plural)They leer + ían = leerían

It is true that it only happens with regular verbs. Yes, I know: how come are there lots of irregular verbs in Spanish? But the good thing is if you practise, you will achieve success with irregular verbs as well! What is it different with irregular verbs? Stem! When you guess it, you only have to add the appropriate ending that you are able to find in the above table.

HABER (to have) > HABR-

HACER (to do/to make) > HAR-

PODER (can) > PODR-

TENER (to have) > TENDR-

QUERER (to want) > QUERR-

SALIR (to go out, to go) > SALDR-

EnglishSpanishPerson and numberVerbal form
To make (you all would make)HacerYou all (2nd person plural)Vosotros har + íais = haríais
To go out (you would go out)SalirYou (2nd person singular)Tú saldr + ías = saldrías
Fuente: Bel Riesco

Have you understood? I hope it is useful! If you like it, please, share it! I really appreciate it! Apart from that, if you have doubts or suggestions, you can contact me here > belenriescospain@gmail.com

I see you in the next post! Bye, bye!

Letras en Español – Bel Riesco©

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