Conditional Perfect

Condicional perfecto

The Spanish past conditional (aka conditional perfect) is used to indicate an action that would have occurred in the past if a certain condition had been met. The latter can be stated or implied.

The conditional perfect is used in two main ways:

1.  To express something that would have happened, often in conditional sentences (si clauses):
Él lo habría dicho.    He would have said it.
Si yo hubiera sabido, habría ido contigo.   If I had known, I would have gone with you.
¿Habrías comprado el libro si te hubiera dicho?   Would you have bought the book if I had told you?
2.  To express probability or supposition in the past:
Lucas habría comido antes de salir.   Lucas had probably already eaten.
Habrían sido las dos cuando llegamos.   It must have been 2 o’clock when we arrived.

Conditional perfect conjugations

The conditional perfect is a compound verb formed with the conditional of the auxiliary verb haber + the past participle of the main verb.

HABLAR – to speak
yo habría hablado nosotros habríamos hablado
habrías hablado vosotros habríais hablado
habría hablado ellos
habrían hablado
SALIR – to go out
yo habría salido nosotros habríamos salido
habrías salido vosotros habríais salido
habría salido ellos
habrían salido

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