Quick Answer

In Spanish, the conditional progressive tense, also called the conditional continuous tense, is used to talk about something that would be happening if some other event were to occur.


Si por mí fuera, ahora mismo estaríamos cenando en aquel puesto de tacos.
If it were up to me, we'd be having dinner at that taco stand right now.

How to Form the Conditional Progressive

The conditional progressive is formed using the verb estar(to be) in the conditional, plus a present participle.

Conditional Progressive Formula

estar in conditional + present participle

Let's review the conjugation of estar in the conditional and the formation of present participles!

Estar in the Conditional

I would be
you would be
él, ella, usted
he/she/you would be
we would be
you would be
ellos, ellas, ustedes
they would be; you would be

Forming Present Participles

Regular present participles are formed as follows:

Present Participle of -ar verb

verb stem + -ando

(Example: hablando)

Present Participle of -er or -ir verb

verb stem + -iendo

(Examples: escribiendo, comiendo)

Learn more about regular and irregular present participles here!

Examples of the Conditional Progressive

Now that you know how to form the conditional progressive, check out these examples of the conditional progressive.

Ya estarían pisando tierra colombiana si hubiera salido a tiempo su vuelo.
You'd be on Colombian soil by now if your flight had taken off on time.
Si hubieras ido a la fiesta, estarías bailando cumbia en este momento.
If you'd gone to the party, you'd be dancing cumbia right now.
Estaría pidiéndote que me des de tu pastel si no estuviera a dieta.
I'd be asking you for some of your cake if I weren't on a diet.

Feeling progressive? Check out our articles on these other progressive tenses in Spanish!

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