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Learn encontrar conjugation in Condicional Perfecto

encontrar means: to find, to encounter
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In this conjugation lesson we are going to learn how to conjugate the verb encontrar in the Condicional Perfecto tense of the Indicativo mood. It means we will see step by step how to create and translate forms of each grammatical person.

How to translate Condicional Perfecto to English

Note that the phrases in English provided below next to each conjugation are not direct translations from Spanish to English. They are usually the closest general equivalents. The example differences are:
  • In Spanish conjugation, there is the form usted in the third person singular. But this person does not translate to the English third person singular. It translates to the so called formal you and uses the inflected form which is most often represented as he/she/it in English conjugation charts.
  • Similar situation happens in the third person plural, where ustedes translates to the English plural formal you but uses the form which corresponds to the they form in English.
  • Tenses are used differently in Spanish and English, so the actual translation should always take into account the context and focus on translating the meaning, not just words.
  • In both languages each verb may have multiple meanings and not every meaning translates directly to the other language. Here also, the context and focusing on the particular meaning helps to create the most accurate translation.


Step by step instructions

Condicional Perfecto is a compound tense (Spanish: compuesto). It means that all of its inflected forms consist of two words. In Spanish language, there are also simple tenses, where each conjugated verb form is one word long.

In a compound tense the endings of the auxiliary verb change, not the endings of the main verb, which is the case in Spanish simple tenses.In the compound tenses, every person’s form consist of two parts:
  • An inflected form of the auxiliary verb haber. In case of the Condicional Perfecto de Indicativo tense, we use the Condicional Simple de Indicativo (Conditional) conjugation of haber
  • Past Participle, which is always the same in every compound tense for a given verb
Refer to the conjugation charts and this haber conjugation lesson to learn how to conjugate the auxiliary verb haber. That’s a separate topic, so for brevity we’re focusing on the parts derived from encontrar only here.In order to create the Participio form, we need a stem and an ending. We use the stem of the infinitive of the main verb, and a single ending, which depends on the conjugation group of the main verb. So we have to start by splitting the infinitive into a stem and an ending. It’s very easy to do – simply remove two letters from the end of the infinitive form to get the ending – one of -ar, -er, -ir. What’s left is the stem.So in case of the verb encontrar it’s easy to see that:
  • the stem is: encontr-
  • and the ending is: -ar
Based on the ending of the infinitive we can tell that encontrar belongs to the -ar verb group. This group, in turn, uses the -ado ending in its Participio form. Putting all that together, our Participio is: encontrado.

Now, as we understand how both parts used by this tense are created separately, let’s move on with creating the final conjugation forms.
In order to create the first person singular form, we simply take the first person singular form of haber conjugated in Condicional Simple de Indicativo, which is habría. And to that we add the Participio encontrado to get habría encontrado:
  • yo habría encontrado – I would have found
Next, to create the form for the second person singular, we again need to take the second person singular form of haber from the Condicional Simple de Indicativo tense, and that is habrías. And to this auxiliary verb we add the Participio encontrado (so the exact same word as previously) to get habrías encontrado:
  • tú habrías encontrado – you would have found
Similarly, if we want to create the form for the third person singular, we conjugate haber in the Condicional tense and we utilize the corresponding person’s form (third person singular), namely habría. Then we also take the same Participio as for all other persons, and putting them together we get habría encontrado:
  • él habría encontrado – he would have found
  • ella habría encontrado – she would have found
  • usted habría encontrado – (formal) you would have found
The first person plural has the form habríamos encontrado. It’s created by following the same logic as in the other persons. We first take the form of the first person plural from haber conjugation in the Condicional Simple de Indicativo tense: habríamos. Second, and to this word we again add the Participio of encontrar: encontrado to get habríamos encontrado:
  • nosotros habríamos encontrado – we would have found
  • nosotras habríamos encontrado – (feminine) we would have found
Again, let’s do the same for the second person plural. We have to get the conjugated form of the verb haber in the Condicional Simple de Indicativo tense, second person plural, and it’s habríais. Next, we take the unchanged Participio, we join them, and we get habríais encontrado:
  • vosotros habríais encontrado – (plural) you would have found
  • vosotras habríais encontrado – (feminine, plural) you would have found
And finally, the last grammatical person on the list, the third person plural, has the form habrían encontrado. We create it in the exact same manner as in all the other grammatical persons. We need the third person plural of haber first, from its Condicional conjugation. It is habrían. We add the Participio of encontrar again (encontrado) to get habrían encontrado:
  • ellos habrían encontrado – they would have found
  • ellas habrían encontrado – (feminine) they would have found
  • ustedes habrían encontrado – (formal, plural) you would have found

That’s it! The conjugation is now done. That’s the final result:

yohabría encontradoI would have found
habrías encontradoyou would have found
él/ella/ustedhabría encontradohe/she/it would have found
nosotros/nosotrashabríamos encontradowe would have found
vosotros/vosotrashabríais encontradoyou would have found
ellos/ellas/ustedeshabrían encontradothey would have found
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