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Learn encontrar conjugation in Condicional

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

This lesson is specifically about the encontrar conjugation. For a general overview of Simple Tenses conjugation have a look at the Simple Tenses Conjugation Chart.

You may also see the Video Presentation on how to conjugate verbs in Condicional. It’s embedded below, but using the above link you can see additional information on conjugation in this tense and explanation of special cases and exceptions.

How to translate Condicional 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 belongs to the simple tenses group, which means that all of the inflected forms are one word long. There are also compound (compuesto) tenses in Spanish language, where each conjugated verb form consists of two words.The verb encontrar has an entirely regular conjugation in the Condicional tense of the Indicativo mood. It means that this verb simply follows the general rules for its group (-ar) without any exceptions, spelling corrections and the like.
The basis for this conjugation is the infinitive of this verb, so it’s really simple to create, and only a few exceptions exist.Use the infinitive encontrar in each person.
Next, add to the infinitive the endings specific to each person.
In this tense we use the exact same endings in each of the three conjugation groups -ar, -er, -ir. See the image on the side showing all the six endings. Notice the colors and shapes of the letters. They are arranged to help you find patterns and make it easier to remember these endings.
endings condicional how to conjugate spanish verbs
Add the regular ending -ía for the first person singular to create encontraría:
  • yo encontraría – I would find
Again add the regular ending -ías for the second person singular to create encontrarías:
  • tú encontrarías – you would find
And add the regular ending -ía for the third person singular to create encontraría:
  • él encontraría – he would find
  • ella encontraría – she would find
  • usted encontraría – (formal) you would find
Like in the previous case add the regular ending -íamos for the first person plural to create encontraríamos:
  • nosotros encontraríamos – we would find
  • nosotras encontraríamos – (feminine) we would find
And as before add the regular ending -íais for the second person plural to create encontraríais:
  • vosotros encontraríais – (plural) you would find
  • vosotras encontraríais – (feminine, plural) you would find
And similarly add the regular ending -ían for the third person plural to create encontrarían:
  • ellos encontrarían – they would find
  • ellas encontrarían – (feminine) they would find
  • ustedes encontrarían – (formal, plural) you would find

That’s it! The conjugation is now done. The final result looks as follows:

yoencontraríaI would find
encontraríasyou would find
él/ella/ustedencontraríahe/she/it would find
nosotros/nosotrasencontraríamoswe would find
vosotros/vosotrasencontraríaisyou would find
ellos/ellas/ustedesencontraríanthey would find
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But do not end your session yet – it is very important to repeat and practice the material in order to retain it. Check below for next steps.

Next Steps to Perfection

  • To practice this conjugation and test yourself try this Conjugation Exercise or the Memory Game
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  • For exercises and examples related to encontrar visit our Exercise section
  • To see conjugation charts in all tenses for encontrar visit the Conjugator
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