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Learn ganar conjugation in Condicional Perfecto step by step with detailed explanations

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ganar means: to win, to earn, to gain

In this lesson we will see how to conjugate the verb ganar in the Condicional Perfecto tense of the Indicativo mood. It means we will see step by step how to get the following conjugation:

yohabría ganadoI would have won
habrías ganadoyou would have won
él/ella/ustedhabría ganadohe/she/it would have won
nosotros/nosotrashabríamos ganadowe would have won
vosotros/vosotrashabríais ganadoyou would have won
ellos/ellas/ustedeshabrían ganadothey would have won

How to translate Condicional Perfecto to English

Note that the phrases in English in the third column of the above conjugation chart are not direct translations from Spanish to English. They are usually the closest general equivalents. The example differences are:
  • In Spanish, 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 conjugated forms consist of two words. In Spanish language, there are also simple tenses, where each conjugated verb form is one word long.

A compound tense is indicated by the ending of the auxiliary verb, not by the ending 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
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Image of gan arSee 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 ganar only in this lesson.

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 easy to do – simply remove two letters from the end of the infinitive form and you have the ending – one of -ar, -er, -ir. What’s left is the stem.

So in case of our verb:
  • the stem is: gan-
  • and the ending is: -ar
Based on the ending of the infinitive we can tell that ganar 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: ganado.

And now, as we understand how both parts used by this tense are created separately, we can proceed with creating the final conjugation forms.
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Image of Conjugate haber in Condicional ...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 ganado to get habría ganado:
  • yo habría ganado

Next, to create the form for the second person singular, we again simply take the second person singular form of haber from the Condicional Simple de Indicativo tense, and it is habrías. And to this auxiliary verb we add the Participio ganado (so the exact same word as previously) to get habrías ganado:
  • tú habrías ganado
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 ganado:
  • él habría ganado
  • ella habría ganado
  • usted habría ganado

The first person plural has the form habríamos ganado. 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 ganar: ganado to get habríamos ganado:
  • nosotros habríamos ganado
  • nosotras habríamos ganado
Image of ... create a common Participle ...
Image of ... join them into a compound formAgain, let’s do the same for the second person plural. We need to get the inflected form of the verb haber in the Condicional Simple de Indicativo tense, second person plural, and it is habríais. Next, we take our unchanged Participio, we join them, and we get habríais ganado:
  • vosotros habríais ganado
  • vosotras habríais ganado

And finally, the last grammatical person on the list, the third person plural, has the form habrían ganado. 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 ganar again (ganado) to get habrían ganado:
  • ellos habrían ganado
  • ellas habrían ganado
  • ustedes habrían ganado

This is it! The conjugation is now finished. But don’t end your session yet – it is very important to repeat and practice the material in order to retain it. Check below for some links.

Next Steps

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