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Learn iniciar conjugation in Condicional

iniciar means: to initiate, to begin, to boot, to commence, to initialize, to start, to start off
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In this Spanish conjugation lesson we will see how to conjugate the verb iniciar 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 iniciar conjugation. For an overview of Simple Tenses conjugation have a look at the Simple Tenses Conjugation Chart.

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

How to translate Condicional to English

Notice 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 its conjugated forms are one word long. There are also compound (compuesto) tenses in the Spanish language, where each inflected form consists of two words.The verb iniciar has an entirely regular conjugation in the Condicional tense of the Indicativo mood. It means this verb just follows the basic rules for its conjugation 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 iniciar 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. Note both the colors and shapes of the letters. It should 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 iniciaría:
  • yo iniciaría – I would initiate
And add the regular ending -ías for the second person singular to create iniciarías:
  • tú iniciarías – you would initiate
Similarly add the regular ending -ía for the third person singular to create iniciaría:
  • él iniciaría – he would initiate
  • ella iniciaría – she would initiate
  • usted iniciaría – (formal) you would initiate
Also as in the previous case add the regular ending -íamos for the first person plural to create iniciaríamos:
  • nosotros iniciaríamos – we would initiate
  • nosotras iniciaríamos – (feminine) we would initiate
And as before add the regular ending -íais for the second person plural to create iniciaríais:
  • vosotros iniciaríais – (plural) you would initiate
  • vosotras iniciaríais – (feminine, plural) you would initiate
And similarly add the regular ending -ían for the third person plural to create iniciarían:
  • ellos iniciarían – they would initiate
  • ellas iniciarían – (feminine) they would initiate
  • ustedes iniciarían – (formal, plural) you would initiate

¡Ya está! The conjugation is now done. Put together, the conjugation chart looks like this:

yoiniciaríaI would initiate
iniciaríasyou would initiate
él/ella/ustediniciaríahe/she/it would initiate
nosotros/nosotrasiniciaríamoswe would initiate
vosotros/vosotrasiniciaríaisyou would initiate
ellos/ellas/ustedesiniciaríanthey would initiate
Click to see all conjugation charts of iniciar in every tense

But do not end your session yet – it’s important to repeat and practice the material in order to remember it. Check below for some links.

Next Steps to Perfection

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