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Conjugate verbs in El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo (pluperfect subjunctive)

El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo has two conjugation forms, because it uses haber conjugated in El Imperfecto Subjuntivo, which has two forms.

Conjugation 1 (used widely in speech in Spain, Latin America and South America) 

yo  hubiera  
 hubieras  
él /ella/ usted 
 hubiera   +  past participle
nosotros / nosotras 
 hubiéramos  
vosotros/ vosotras 
 hubierais  
ellos / ellas / ustedes 
 hubieran  

 

Conjugation 2 (used more in written language and in Spain)

yo  hubiese  
 hubieses  
él /ella/ usted   hubiese   +  past participle
nosotros / nosotras  hubiésemos  
vosotros/ vosotras   hubieseis  
ellos / ellas / ustedes   hubiesen  

Have a look at these examples:

A él no le importaba lo que yo hubiera dicho.
He didn't care about what I had said.

Parece como si hubieses tenido una pelea con alguien.
It looks as if you have had a fight with someone.

Esperábamos que él hubiese hecho lo mismo por ti.
We were hoping that he had done the same for you.

Si usted hubiera venido antes, yo le habría atendido.
If you had come before, I would have served you.

Si nosotros hubiéramos hablado con Raquel, ella estaría más contenta.
If we had talked to Raquel, she would be happier.

Yo habría esperado hasta que vosotros hubieseis venido de Málaga.
I would have waited until you had come from Málaga.

Me sorprendió que ellos hubieran puesto esas condiciones.
It surprised me that they had imposed those conditions.

Nos extrañó que ustedes hubiesen decidido mudarse.
We found it odd that you had decided to move.


Note
that to conjugate all verbs in El Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo, you follow this pattern:

1- hubie-ra, -ras, -ra, -ramos, -rais, -ran + past participle 

2- hubie-se, -ses, -se, -semos, -seis, -sen + past participle

Remember that in Spanish there are some very common verbs with irregular past participles that don't have -ado/-ido endings.

hacer > hecho     escribir > escrito     poner > puesto
decir > dicho       romper > roto         ver > visto

See also
1. List of Irregular Spanish past participles
2. Using adverbial clauses para que, antes (de) que, hasta que, con tal (de) que, etc. + El Presente de Subjuntivo (present subjunctive)

Learn more about these related Spanish grammar topics

Examples and resources

Si nosotros hubiéramos hablado con Raquel, ella estaría más contenta.
If we had talked to Raquel, she would be happier.


Nos extrañó que ustedes hubiesen decidido mudarse.
We found it odd that you had decided to move.


Me sorprendió que ellos hubieran puesto esas condiciones.
It surprised me that they had imposed those conditions.


Si usted hubiera venido antes, yo le habría atendido.
If you had come before, I would have served you.


Esperábamos que él hubiese hecho lo mismo por ti.
We were hoping that he had done the same for you.


Parece como si hubieses tenido una pelea con alguien.
It looks as if you have had a fight with someone.


Yo habría esperado hasta que vosotros hubieseis venido de Málaga.
I would have waited until you had come from Málaga.


A él no le importaba lo que yo hubiera dicho.
He didn't care about what I had said.


Q&A

Cindy

Kwiziq community member

12 July 2018

2 replies

Una pregunta....

En este frase, no entiendo por que es "Si usted hubiera venido antes, yo le atendería" y no "Si usted hubiera venido antes, yo le habria atendido".  No entiendo por que la tradución en ingles es I would have served you y no I would serve you.... Help!

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

12 July 2018

12/07/18

Hola Cindy


Tienes razón. La traducción correcta es "yo le habría atendido"


Gracias. Ya lo hemos corregido.


Inma

Silvia

Kwiziq language super star

12 July 2018

12/07/18

¡Hola Cindy! We have just corrected the mistake in the English sentence, sorry about it and thanks for letting us know! Silvia.
Let me take a look at that...