Spanish Verbs: Conditional Perfect Tense

The conditional perfect tense expresses an action in the past that "would have" occurred but didn't because of another action or event that took place. It is sometimes used to express probability of a past action that has already been completed. The conditional perfect tense is formed by combining the conditional tense of the verb haber and the past participle. (Note: even though the Spanish verb tener means "to have" it is not used to form the conditional or conditional perfect tense.)

The conditional tenses of the verb haber include the following:

  • habría
  • habrías
  • habría
  • habríamos
  • habríais
  • habrían
The past participle is created by dropping the infinitive ending (-ar, -er, -ir) and replacing it with -ado (for -ar verbs) or -ido (for -er and -ir verbs). The following are examples of the conditional tense created by the conditional tense haber plus the past participle. (Remember: the past participle also has several irregular verb forms that require special stems.)

English
Spanish
I would have gone to the store, but I didn't have a car.
Yo habría ido a la tienda pero no tenía coche.
You would have come, but your mom got sick.
habrías llegado pero tu mamá se enfermó.
You would have finished the job, but you didn't have time.
Usted habría terminado el trabajo pero no tenía tiempo.
He would have read the book, but his teacher gave him a new assignment.
Él habría leído el libro pero su profesor le dió una tarea nueva.
She would have been a teacher but she wasn't smart enough.
Ella habría sido maestra pero no era lo suficientemente inteligente.
We would have eaten dinner at her house, but she wasn't there.
Nosotros habríamos cenado en su casa pero ella no estaba allí.
You would have eaten, but the food was horrible.
Vosotros habríais comido pero la comida era horrible.
You would have traveled to Venezuela with me, but my flight was delayed.
Ustedes habrían viajado a Venezuela conmigo pero mi vuelo se retrasó.
They would have put the motorhome in the garage, but it was too big.
Ellos habrían puesto la casa rodante en el garaje, pero estaba demasiada grande.
They would have danced outside of the house yesterday, but it rained.
Ellas habrían bailado fuera de la casa ayer, pero llovió.
She would have looked for a new job, but she liked her current job.
Ella habría buscado un trabajo nuevo pero le gustaba su trabajo actual.