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Unformatted text preview: In Spanish, when the conditional tense is followed by si (if), the next verb is in a tense called the imperfect (past) subjunctive. In the following examples, tuviera is the past subjunctive form of the verb tener . Yo hablara espaol si yo tuviera mi diccionario. I would speak Spanish if I had my dictionary. Britana viajara a frica si tuviera el dinero. Britana would travel to Africa if she had the money. The English language has a bad habit of using the same word to mean completely different things. Unfortunately, when an English sentence places the helping verb would in front of the verb, it does not always mean that you will use the conditional tense in a Spanish translation. Sometimes, the English language uses the helping verb would to indicate a repetitive action in the past. For example, the sentence I would study every night when I was in high school would not be translated...
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.
- Fall '09