Condicional Perfecto

The condicional perfecto is a tense in the Spanish language used to describe events that should, or could, have taken place in the past, but did not do so.

Él calcula que habría pagado más de mil pesos en total.

He estimates he would have spent more than a thousand in total.

El incidente habría ocurrido a mediados del mes de mayo.

The incident would have occured in mid-May.

Conjugating the Condicional Perfecto

To conjugate the condicional perfecto, the auxiliary verb haber is used in the conditional tense together with the past participle of the verb being used.

habríasido
habríasvuelto
habríahablado
habríamosoído
habríaispuesto
habríanescuchado

Irregular verbs in the Condicional Perfecto

Haber is irregular in the conditional tense, with the stem changing to habr- instead of haber-, as shown in the table above.

Like all compound verbs in Spanish, there are no irregularities specific to this tense, just the inherited irregularities in haber, and in the past participles.

Usage of the condicional perfecto

Expressing actions that should or could have occurred in the past but did not

Habrían vuelto en avión si hubiera sido posible.

They would have returned by plan if it were possible.

Expressing probability in the past

Él calcula que habría pagado más de mil pesos en total.

He estimates he would have spent more than a thousand in total.

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