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Learn saber conjugation in Condicional

saber means: to know
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In this conjugation lesson we will learn how to conjugate the verb saber 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 saber verb conjugation. For an overview of all the Simple Tenses conjugation see our 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 get more detailed information on conjugation in this tense and 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 inflected forms are one word long. There are also compound (compuesto) tenses in the Spanish language, where each inflected verb form consists of two words.
The verb saber has an irregular conjugation in the Condicional tense of the Indicativo mood.
The basis for this conjugation is an irregular stem sabr, but all the endings stay the same as in the regular conjugationUse the irregular stem sabr in each person
Next, add to this irregular stem 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 shapes and colors of the letters. It should help you find patterns and make it easier to remember these endings.

Also note that in verb groups -er and -ir all the endings in both Pretéterito Imperfecto and Condicional tenses are identical. Good tip to remember. The only difference is that the Condicional uses the entire infinitive as the stem.
endings condicional how to conjugate spanish verbs
Add the regular ending -ía for the first person singular in order to get sabría:
  • yo sabría – I would know
And one more time add the regular ending -ías for the second person singular in order to get sabrías:
  • tú sabrías – you would know
Similarly add the regular ending -ía for the third person singular in order to get sabría:
  • él sabría – he would know
  • ella sabría – she would know
  • usted sabría – (formal) you would know
And add the regular ending -íamos for the first person plural in order to get sabríamos:
  • nosotros sabríamos – we would know
  • nosotras sabríamos – (feminine) we would know
Also as in the previous case add the regular ending -íais for the second person plural in order to get sabríais:
  • vosotros sabríais – (plural) you would know
  • vosotras sabríais – (feminine, plural) you would know
Similarly add the regular ending -ían for the third person plural in order to get sabrían:
  • ellos sabrían – they would know
  • ellas sabrían – (feminine) they would know
  • ustedes sabrían – (formal, plural) you would know

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

yosabríaI would know
sabríasyou would know
él/ella/ustedsabríahe/she/it would know
nosotros/nosotrassabríamoswe would know
vosotros/vosotrassabríaisyou would know
ellos/ellas/ustedessabríanthey would know
Click to see all conjugation charts of saber in every tense

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 example phrases and next steps.

Example sentences

He inventado un juego para ti, si jugaras conmigo, yo sabría cómo alegrarte.
I invented a game to you, if you played with me, I would know how to cheer you up.

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 saber visit our Exercise section
  • To see conjugation charts in all tenses for saber visit the Conjugator
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