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Venir Spanish Conjugation: Future & Conditional

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

'Venir' means 'to come' and you need this verb often in daily conversations. This lesson covers the future and conditional tenses of this verb. You get some great examples from real life conversations.

'Will Come' vs. 'Would Come'

Imagine you want to assure someone that you will attend their get together: 'I will come to the party'. You use the future tense when you say a sentence like this one. But then, alas! You realize you are double booked that day and have to say: 'I would come to the party, but I am busy that day'... it is a disappointment but you use the conditional form when you say something like that.

In Spanish, the deal is the same. Venir (beh-NEER) means 'to come' and today we will learn both tenses through separate tables and examples.

Before we begin, it is important to clarify something about venir, because it doesn't work exactly the same as in English. In English, you can say 'I will come to the party' when you receive an invitation and it doesn't matter where you are at the moment you say it.

However, in Spanish, you can only say 'I will come to the party' IF you are at the exact location where the party will take place. This means that the Spanish verb venir is only good if you are in the place where an event will take place. Spanish speakers say instead: 'I will go to the party.' With this idea in mind, we can now begin.

Future of Venir

Subject
Pronoun
Conjugation Pronunciation Translation
yo vendré vehn-DREH I will come
vendrás vehn-DRAHS you (informal, singular) will come
él/ella/usted vendrá vehn-DRAH he/she, you(formal, singular) will come
nosotros/as vendremos vehn-DREH-mohs We (masculine/feminine) will come
vosotros/vosotras vendréis vehn-DREH-ees You (informal, plural) will come
ellos/ellas/ustedes vendrán vehn-DRAHN they (masculine/feminine), you (formal, plural) will come

Now, let's look at some examples, which include a scenario so that you can remember context:

Scenario One: Diego gets to work late today, which happens often. He promises his boss:

  • Siempre vendré al trabajo a tiempo de hoy en adelante. (I will always come to work on time from now on)

Scenario Two: Felipe and his wife Alicia are at his mom's house. Before leaving, Felipe says:

  • Vendremos a visitarte el próximo lunes. (We will come to visit you next Monday)

Scenario Three: Lorena begins to make lunch when she realizes it is almost time for her daughter to get home. She thinks:

  • Mi hija vendrá de la escuela en diez minutos. (My daughter will come from school in ten minutes)

Scenario Four: You are in your apartments and you tell your roommate:

  • Mis amigos vendrán a cenar esta noche. (My friends will come for dinner tonight)

Thanksgiving Day will come on November 28 this year.
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Finally, if you want to make a negative sentence, all you have to do is add no in front of venir. For example: Yo no vendré a cenar esta noche. (I will not come for dinner tonight).

Now you are ready for the conditional tense.

Conditional of Venir

Subject
Pronoun
Conjugation Pronunciation Translation
yo vendría vehn-DREEH-ah I would come
vendrías vehn-DREEH-ahs you (informal, singular) would come
él/ella/usted vendría vehn-DREEH-ah he/she, you (formal, singular) would come
nosotros/as vendríamos vehn-DREEH-ah-mohs We (masculine/feminine) would come
vosotros/vosotras vendríais vehn-DREH-ahees You (informal, plural) would come
ellos/ellas/ustedes vendrían vehn-DREEH-ahn they (masculine/feminine), you (formal, plural) would come

Here are some examples with the conditional form of venir:

Scenario One: Carlos is in Madrid, excited to see the beautiful city. He says:

  • Yo vendría cada año si tuviera dinero. (I would come every year if I had money)

Scenario Two: Juan enjoys his brithday party but he is a bit disappointed that the girl he likes, Paola, does not show up. His friend tells him:

  • Paola dijo que vendría. (Paola said she would come)

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