Use Conditional Tense in Spanish

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Hello, and welcome to VisiHow. This a series of videos on the Spanish language. In this video, we are going to show you how to use the conditional "would". Conditionals are used to express probability, possibility or conjecture, and in English, are represented by "would", "could" and "should". "Would" is one of the conditional tenses, and is used by attaching endings to the end of a verb in the infinitive.

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    The infinitive is "to"
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    We are going to use "hablar" as the example. "Hablar" is the verb "to speak" in the infinitive. Then, we're going to add these endings onto the end. We aren't going to change the verb. This is for regular verbs. There are irregular verbs, and there are some changes to the verb with irregular verbs. However, with regular verbs, which is the majority of verbs, we don't need to change the verb. Instead, we just add the endings.
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    The first ending is "-ía"
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    If we add "-ía", it becomes "Hablaría", which means "I would speak".
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    "Hablarías" is "You would speak", informal
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    If we add "-ías", it becomes "You would speak".
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    Then, we have "Hablaría" again
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    It means "He would speak", "She would speak" or "You would speak", formal. We notice that if we add "-í­a", it could mean "I would speak", or "He would speak", "She would speak" or "You would speak", formal. Normally, we will know who is being referred to by the words used in the sentence.
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    Next, we have have "Hablarí­amos", which means "We would speak"
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    We also have "Hablaríais", which means "You would speak", plural
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    Then, we have "Hablarí­an"
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    If we add "-í­an", it means "They would speak".
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    Next, we have some examples
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    The first one says, "Hablaríamos a su professor pero el esta ocupado". This means "We would speak to his teacher but he is busy". If we look at our endings again, "Hablaríamos" means "We would speak".
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    Another example is, "Irí­a pero hace frio"
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    This means "I would go but it's cold". We have in the beginning "-í­a" on "Irí­a", which means "you", or it could be "he" or "she".
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    The next example says, "Serí­a interesante"
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    Again, "Serí­a" has "-ía". This means "It would be interesting".
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    As in the future tense, there are 12 common irregular verbs whose stems change when used in the conditional tense
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    We will have to be aware of that, and we will have to try to learn these 12 irregular verbs to see how their stems change.
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    Now it's your turn
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    Try and make some sentence using the "would" conditional. Follow the same rules that we've talked about. Just add the endings, and leave those example sentences in the comment section below. Share them with us, and we can see how inspired you've been over this video. You'll also find other videos in this series on this website, so search for them and we'll help you learn even more about Spanish. This concludes our tutorial on how to use the "would" conditional in Spanish. If you have any questions, comments or queries regarding this video or about the process that you've witnessed in this video, then please them in the comment section below, and we shall answer them for you.
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Video: Use Conditional Tense in Spanish Would

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Andrea transcribing Hello, and welcome to VisiHow. This is our series of videos on the Spanish language. In this video, we are going to show you how to use the conditional "could" in the Spanish language. Conditionals are used to express probability, possibility or conjecture, and in English, are represented by "would", "could" and "should". "Could" is formed by using the verb "Poder" in the infinitive form and adding the conditional endings.

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    We have "Poder", which means "To be able to"
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    It is known as "I can", "You can", "He can", "We can", and so on. Then, in the conditional sense, it means "I could".
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    Now, we can see that this is an irregular verb because the stem changes
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    Most verbs are regular, and in the conditional sense, when we add the conditional endings to make "would" or "should", then we don't normally have to change the stem. However, because this verb is irregular, we have to change the stems, so be aware of that.
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    Now, we're going to take away the "e", and then we're going to add one of these endings
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    First, we have "Podría", which means "I could"
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    If we add "-ía", it becomes "I could".
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    We have "Podrías" next
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    It means "You could", informal.
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    For "Podría", again, we'll notice that it is the same as "I could"
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    Here, this means "He could", "She could" or "You could", formal. We'll notice that they are the same, but normally the words used in the sentence will give us a clear indication of who is being referred to. However, we will have to remember that they are the same.
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    Next, we have "Podríamos", which means "We could"
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    We also have "Podríais", which is "You could", plural
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    If we add "-íais", it's "You" plural.
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    Last, we have "Podrían"
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    If we add "-ían" on the end, it means "They could". It also means "You could", plural formal.
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    Next, we have some examples
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    The first one says, "Podría comer mas pero no es necesario". This means "I could eat more but it isn't necessary".
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    The second example says, "Podríamos ir si quieras"
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    This means "We could go if you want". We can see "-íamos" at the end, and if we go back to our endings, "-íamos" means "We could".
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    As in the future tense, there are 12 common irregular verbs whose stems change when used in the conditional tense
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    We can see that "Poder" is one of these, so bear that in mind and remember that since it is irregular, there are changes that we need to focus on.
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    Now it's your turn
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    You can try to make some of your own sentences using the advice and technique that we've just shown you. Try and create some sentences about the conditional future, or a conditional situation using the "Poder" verb. You can leave those sentences in the comment section below. Share them with us, and we'd love to see how inspired you have been by this video. You can also find other videos from this Spanish language series on this website, so please search for them and they shall help you to learn even more about this language. This concludes our tutorial on how to use the conditional "could" in the Spanish language. If you have any questions, comments or queries regarding this video or about the process or content that you have seen in this video, then please leave them in the comment section below, and we shall answer them for you.
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Video: Use Conditional Tense in Spanish Could

Should

Hello, and welcome to VisiHow. This is a series of videos on the Spanish language. In this video, we are going to show you how to use the conditional "should" in Spanish. Conditionals are used to express probability, possibility or conjecture, and in English, are represented by "would", "could" and "should". "Should" is formed by using the verb "Deber" in the infinitive and adding the conditional endings.

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    We have the verb "Deber" in the infinitive, which means "To must"
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    This is the verb in the infinitive.
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    All we need to do is add one of the endings which, as we can see, are underlined
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    Each time we add one of these different endings, it will just change the person that is involved with this verb.
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    We have the first option, which is "Debería"
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    If we add "-ía" on the end, it becomes "I should".
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    Next, we have "Deberías"
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    If we add "-ías", it will be "You should" informal.
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    Next, we have "Debería" again
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    We can see that it is the same as "I should". "Debería" means "He should", "She should" or "You should", formal. They are the exactly the same, and we will have to listen carefully in conversations to see what other words are used in order to know who is being talked about.
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    Next, we have "Deberíamos", which means "We should"
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    If we add "-íamos" on the end, it means "We".
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    Then "Deberíais" means "You should", plural
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    If we add "-íais" it means "You", plural.
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    Last, we have "Deberían", which means "They should"
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    It also means "You should", plural and formal. Again, if we add "-ían" on the end, it means "They".
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    Next, we have some example sentences
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    The first one says, "Le deberíamos hablar a él". This means "We should talk to him". It is something we should do.
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    The next example says, "Debería cocinar pero estoy perezoso"
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    This means "I should cook, but I am lazy".
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    Now, it's your turn
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    Try and create some sentences using the information we've taught you in this video. Use exactly these same techniques. You have to use "Deber", and just add one of these endings on to change who is involved with the verb to create your own sentences. You can leave those sentences in the comment section below. Share them with us so that we can see how inspired you are by this video, what you think about this video, and what you have learned from this video. You can also find other videos in this series on this website, so please search for them and we will help you to learn even more about this language. This then concludes our tutorial on how to use the conditional "should" in the Spanish language. If you have any questions, comments or queries regarding this video or about the process that you have witnessed in this video, then please leave them in the comment section below, and we will answer them for you.
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