el pretérito imperfecto de subjuntivo
The subjunctive is used for wishes, likes and dislikes, necessity,
doubt, possibility, emotion and fear, intentions, etc.
The imperfect subjunctive is used when the first/other part of the
sentence is in the conditional
or a past tense.
(Present subjunctive is used when the first/other part of the
sentence is in the present,
future, or imperative.)
|present 3rd person plural |
drop ‘on’ +
The nosotros (‘amos’) conjugation often needs an accent on the
previous vowel to maintain the stress pattern, e.g., fuéramos.
Si lloviera más, plantaría unas verduras – If it rained
more, I would plant some vegetables (imperfect subjunctive ↔ conditional)
Quisiera tres semanas de vacaciones – I would like three
weeks of vacation
No conocía a nadie que viviera en Madrid – I didn’t know
anyone who lived in Madrid
Quería que vinieras a mi fiesta – I wanted you to come (that
you would have come) to my party
Si yo fuera tú, no lo haría – If I were you, I wouldn’t
Era/Sería bueno que Juan me leyera el libro – It was/it
would be good that Juan read the book to me