Conditional Tense - Would
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Conditional tense Endings
Would, Could, Probably
To express speculation about the past:
Yesterday they must have run more than 25 kilometers.
Ayer correrían más de veinticinco kilómetros.
To express the future from the perspective of the past:
I knew that they would open the store at seven o'clock.
Yo sabía que abrirían la tienda a las siete
To express hypothetical actions or events which may or may not occur:
It would be interesting to study Chinese.
Sería interesante estudiar chino
To indicate what would happen were it not for some certain specific circumstance:
I would travel but I don't have money.
Yo viajaría pero no tengo dinero.
For polite use to soften requests:
Could you please tell me what time the store opens?
Por favor, ¿podría decirme a qué hora abre la tienda?
To ask for advice:
Which one would you buy?
Cuál compraría Ud.?
For reported speech:
Juan said that he would finish the work.
- Juan dijo que terminaría el trabajo
- ***With regards to reported speech, notice that if the main clause is in the past, the conditional is used.
To express what would be done in a particular situation:
Would you speak English in Spain?
Hablarías inglés en España?
What time could it have been?
Qué hora sería?
It was probably five o'clock.
Serían las cinco.
I probably knew it
We probably had known
I would be able (could) to go Thursday
podría ir el jueves
We would leave this saturday
saldríamos este el Sabado
I think you would want more money
Pienso que querrías mas dinero
Would you put me a beer
Me pondrías una cerveza
Could María have bought the bread?
Compraría Maria el pan?
Could you carry my luggage?
Podrías tu llevar mi equipaje?
I promised Laurie that I would work only on Sunday
Yo prometió a Laurita que Trabajaría solo el Domingo
My Brother said that there would be 20 people at the party
Mi hermano dijo que habría veinte personas en la fiesta
I would like to eat dinner soon
Me gustaría tomar la cena pronto
I wouldn't live in Madrid because there is no beach
no viviría a madrid porque no hay la playa
I thought that it would rain today
Yo creía que hoy llovería
There could be more
Podría haber mas
What would you like to do?
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