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Hacer Conjugation: Conditional & Future Tense

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  • 0:05 The Verb Hacer
  • 0:32 Hacer in the Conditional Tense
  • 2:58 Hacer in the Future Tense
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Instructor: Ashton Thompson

Ashton has taught secondary school Spanish and English, and has a master's degree in Bilingual Education.

The verb 'hacer' - which means 'to do' or 'to make' - is often irregular when it is conjugated. This lesson looks at how to conjugate 'hacer' in the conditional and future tenses.

The Verb Hacer

Life is full of possibilities. While we might have ideas of what we'll do in the future, there's always the question of what we would do that makes the future so exciting.

In Spanish, the verb hacer means 'to do' or 'to make.' In the future and conditional tenses, the verb stem changes spelling from hac- to har- before adding the conjugation endings. Let's look first at the conditional tense, and then at the future tense.

Hacer in the Conditional Tense

The conditional tense is used to describe things that would happen. When using the verb hacer in the conditional tense, we express an idea of what we would do or make in the future, given a certain situation.

First, we'll look at the subject pronoun, the yo, tu, etc . forms. Then we'll look at the conjugation, and then we'll make doubly sure you've got the pronunciation down right. Finally, we'll give the translation.

Subject Pronoun hacer Conjugation Pronunciation Translation
yo haría (ah-rEE-ah) I would do/make
harías (ah-rEE-ahs) you would do/make
él/ella/usted haría (ah-rEE-ah) he/she/you (formal) would do/make
nosotros haríamos (ah-rEE-ah-mohs) we would do/make
vosotros haríais (ah-rEE-iys) you (plural) would do/make
ellos/ellas/ustedes harían (ah-rEE-ahn) they would do/make

Notice:

  • The emphasis in each conjugation is marked by an accent over the letter. This letter should be stressed in the pronunciation to let native Spanish speakers know you're using the conditional tense.
  • It isn't always necessary to say the pronoun before the conjugated verb, as the conjugations are different from each other.
  • As you probably saw, the yo form and the él/ella form are the same. Use the pronoun with these conjugations so listeners know to whom you're referring.

Let's now look at some examples of hacer being used in the conditional tense

I wouldn't do that if I were you. Yo no haría eso si yo fuera tú.

We would do well on this exam if we studied. Nosotros haríamos bien en este examen si estudiáramos.

What would you do? ¿Qué harías tú?

She would do something different with her time if she could. - Ella haría algo distinto con su tiempo si pudiera.

Hacer in the Future Tense

The future tense in Spanish is used to talk about things that will take place in the future. Using the verb hacer in the future tense gives the idea that it's something you will do or make sometime, but not in the present.

Same as before, we'll first look at the subject pronoun, then the conjugation and pronunciation, and, finally, at the translation of the word.

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