Conjugate poder in El Condicional Simple (conditional)

Poder (to be able to) is irregular in El Condicional Simple. It is formed by adding these endings to the stem podr-:

yo podría
podrías
él / ella / Ud. podría
nosotros podríamos
vosotros podríais
ellos / ellas / Uds.   podrían

Read and listen to these examples of poder conjugated in El Condicional Simple:

Yo podría ser bombero.
I could be a fireman.

podrías tener dinero debajo del colchón.
You could have money under the mattress.

¡Usted podría ser mi hijo!
You could be my son!

Nosotras podríamos ser vuestras novias.
We could be your girlfriends. 

Vosotros podríais escalar el Everest.
You could climb the Everest.

Ellos podrían comer conmigo.
They could have lunch with me.

Poder in El Condicional Simple is often translated by could.


See also: List of Irregular verbs in future tense and conditional tense

Examples and resources

Nosotras podríamos ser vuestras novias.
We could be your girlfriends. 


Vosotros podríais escalar el Everest.
You could climb the Everest.


Yo podría ser bombero.
I could be a fireman.


podrías tener dinero debajo del colchón.
You could have money under the mattress.


¡Usted podría ser mi hijo!
You could be my son!


Ellos podrían comer conmigo.
They could have lunch with me.


Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

StuartB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Is conditional poder needed?

Hola,

In the sentence "I could be Superman", is it more natural to say "yo podría ser Superman", or "yo sería Superman"?

Gracias,



Asked 3 weeks ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Stuart,

It would have a different nuance if you use "sería" instead of "podría ser".

These are the two contexts when using it with podría.

1. Yo podría ser Superman. (I could be Superman [because I have the right skills to be Superman, e.g. I can fly and I am very brave]

2. Yo podría ser Superman. (I could be Superman [...and you could be Catwoman] This is just giving a suggestion about which role you could take in a game, for example.

This is the context for using "sería":

Yo sería Superman [if I could, in my dreams...] This is expressing a desire; what you would like to be.

I hope this clarified it.

Un saludo

Inma

Is conditional poder needed?

Hola,

In the sentence "I could be Superman", is it more natural to say "yo podría ser Superman", or "yo sería Superman"?

Gracias,



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