In Spanish, El Condicional Simple is used to express something hypothetical, not real, that might happen in the present or the future.
This use happens generally in two different contexts:
When expressing a wish/intention
In the examples above the speaker is expressing a wish that something will happen or an intention either at the moment of speaking or in the future.
When suggesting or giving advise
It is common to find "Yo que tú...", "Yo que él..." (If I were you..., If I were him...) in the first part of the sentence, to direct the suggestion/advice to someone specific. This phrase is equivalent to the conditional phrase "Si yo fuera tú...", "Si yo fuera él..." (If I were you..., If I were him...).
Verbs conjugated in the conditional tense take the written accent [´] on the -í of the endings, e.g. compraría, comprarías, compraría, compraríamos, compraríais, comprarían.
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TomKwiziq community member
I had thought that in order to express a hypothesis, wish or suggestion in the present or future we used the subjunctive. i am confused to see the co
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InmaKwiziq team member
Both, the conditional and the subjunctive, can be used to express wish, suggestion, hypothesis, but in different ways. For example:
If I were you, I'd talk to the boss.
Si you fuera tú, hablaría con el jefe. (conditional)
I hope you talk to the boss.
Espero que hables con el jefe. (present subjunctive)
He suggested that I talked to the boss.
Me sugirió que hablara con el jefe. (Imperfect subjunctive)
I hope this helps,