Conjugating the future
Inhale the future…

Conjugating the conditional in Spanish is very easy if you already know how to conjugate the future tense. The conditional, as with the future, keeps the entire verb intact and adds an ending.

 

Conjugating the future

To conjugate the future tense, simply keep the entire verb and add the following for each subject pronoun:

 

Yo                                     

                                    -ás

Él’ella/usted              

Nosotros/as             -emos

Vosotros/as              -éis

Ellos/ellas/Uds.      -án

 

Here is an example with the verb bailar, to dance.

Yo bailaré

Tú bailarás

Él bailará

Nosotros/-as bailaremos

Vosotros/-as bailaréis

Ellos/-as/ustedes bailarán

 

Conjugating the conditional

As with the future tense, keep the root and add the following endings:

 

Yo                                   -ía

                                  -ías

Él/ella/usted           -ía

Nosotros/as           -íamos

Vosotros/as            -íais

Ellos/ellas/Uds.    -ían

 

Here is the same verb, bailar, in the conditional .

Yo bailaría

Tú bailarías

Él bailaría

Nosotros/-as bailaríamos

Vosotros/-as bailaríais

Ellos/-as/ustedes bailarían

 

Irregular verbs

There are 12 irregular verbs in the future tense and the conditional mood. The root of these verbs change. Just add the future or conditional ending. I will divide these verbs into three categories: 1. irregular stem; 2. drop the er, add an r; 3. drop the er or ir, add a dr.

The following is the yo form, listed in the future and the conditional, respectively.

Irregular stem (2 verbs)

1. Decir, to say – diré; diría

2. Hacer, to do – haré, haría

Drop the er, add an r (5 verbs)

3. Caber, to fit – cabré; cabría

4. Haber – there is, there are – habré; habría

5. Querer – to want, to love -querré; querría

6. Poder – can, be able to – podré; podría

7. Saber – to know – sabré; sabría

Drop the er or ir, add a dr (2 verbs)

8. poner – to put – pondré; pondría

9. salir – to go out – saldré; saldría

10. tener – to have – tendré; tendría

11. valer – to be worth, to cost – valdré; valdría

12. Venir – to come – vendré; vendría

There you have it! Much simpler, isn’t it?

Irma Cedeno

Irma is an educator, linguist, creativity expert, cultural competence strategist, and the founder of Diáfano, a company responsible for designing and implementing Spanish classes and programs at corporations. From universities and top US institutes to Fortune 500 companies, Irma has been an integral part of language learning and cultural competence training. After travelling to 40+ countries (and counting!) and over 10 years of working in education, she developed and honed her methodology in 2013. The Diáfano Method is student-centered methodology that breaks down language learning into clear and simple steps.
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