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This contraction is used as a short form of the past tense "I had" or the conditional "I would." In Spanish, the conditional is expressed by a verbal inflection.
A contraction is a shortened form of a word or group of words made by omitting a sound or letter (e.g. don't).
1. (I had)
a. había
I'd never been to that club before; it's great!Nunca había estado en ese club antes; ¡es genial!
2. (I would)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'd be delighted to accept your offer and look forward to working with you.Me encantaría aceptar su oferta y estoy deseando empezar a trabajar con ustedes.
I'd rather you told her.Preferería que se lo dijeras tú.
3. (I had; used in combination with "if" clauses)
a. hubiera
If I'd known what he was like, I would never have employed him.Si hubiera sabido cómo era, jamás lo hubiera empleado.
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