Why Conditional?

Alan

Kwiziq community member

6 July 2018

2 replies

Why Conditional?

Usually the conditional tense adds "would" to the verb. E.g. comería, would eat; habría, would have; vendría, would come, etc. But "should" is not the same as "would". It implies a duty or obligation, whereas "would" does not.

So debería etc. seems to be an exception because it means "should" not "would"!

This relates to:
Using deber to say should -

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

7 July 2018

7/07/18

Hi Alan

I see what you mean, but regardless of the use or meaning, in Spanish we conjugate Deber in the conditional, to express a suggestion actually, more than obligation. As it is a modal verb, it works different to other verbs. The "would" meaning wouldn't work with "deber" the same way in English you wouldn't say "You would must" or anything like that. 

Inma

Alan

Kwiziq community member

7 July 2018

7/07/18

Thanks for tackling this question! Alan.

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