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Learn tardar conjugation in Condicional

tardar means: to take time
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In this conjugation lesson we will see how to inflect the verb tardar 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 tardar verb conjugation. For a general 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 get more detailed information on conjugation in this tense and explanation of exceptions and special cases.

How to translate Condicional to English

Notice that the English phrases 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 tardar 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 tardar 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. Analyze the image showing all six endings. Note the colors and shapes of the letters. It will 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 tardaría:
  • yo tardaría – I would take time
And similarly add the regular ending -ías for the second person singular to create tardarías:
  • tú tardarías – you would take time
And add the regular ending -ía for the third person singular to create tardaría:
  • él tardaría – he would take time
  • ella tardaría – she would take time
  • usted tardaría – (formal) you would take time
Once more add the regular ending -íamos for the first person plural to create tardaríamos:
  • nosotros tardaríamos – we would take time
  • nosotras tardaríamos – (feminine) we would take time
Again add the regular ending -íais for the second person plural to create tardaríais:
  • vosotros tardaríais – (plural) you would take time
  • vosotras tardaríais – (feminine, plural) you would take time
Like previously add the regular ending -ían for the third person plural to create tardarían:
  • ellos tardarían – they would take time
  • ellas tardarían – (feminine) they would take time
  • ustedes tardarían – (formal, plural) you would take time

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

yotardaríaI would take time
tardaríasyou would take time
él/ella/ustedtardaríahe/she/it would take time
nosotros/nosotrastardaríamoswe would take time
vosotros/vosotrastardaríaisyou would take time
ellos/ellas/ustedestardaríanthey would take time
Click to see all conjugation charts of tardar in every tense

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

Next Steps to Perfection

  • To practice this conjugation and test your knowledge try this Conjugation Exercise or the Memory Game
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  • For exercises and examples related to tardar visit our Exercise section
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