1. 1) To indicate future time within the past

    Yesterday I said that we would do it today.

    Enrique told me that he would arrive later.

    I asked him if he would return from the village very soon.

    He answered me no, he would stay himself there for one more week.
    Dije ayer que lo haríamos hoy.

    Enrique me dijo que llegaría más tarde.

    Le pregunté si volvería del campo muy pronto.

    Me contestó no, se guedaría allí para una semana más.
  2. 2) To indicate a conjecture or probability in the past time

    Where would Maria be last night?
    Maria would (was likely to) be at home.

    Yesterday Enrique did not go to work.
    He would (was likely to) be sick.

    Do you know that last Friday the director called Pérez to his office?
    He would (was likely to) have certain question that do(direct to) him. It's normal.

    I did not wear the watch, but I thought it would (was likely to) be 3 o'clock.
    • ¿Dónde estaría Maria anoche?
    • Estaría en casa.

    • Ayer Enrique no fue a trabajar.
    • Estaría enfermo.

    • ¿Sabes que el viernes pasado el director llamó a Pérez a su despacho?
    • Tendría alguna pregunta que hacerle. Es normal.

    No llevé el reloj, pero pensé serían las tres.
  3. 3) To soften a statement, suggestion or request
    * as oppose to using poder (pudiera), querer(quisiera), deber(debiera) with past subjunctive to add an apologetic tone.

    I would like $5.

    You should go out more, do not say yourself alone at home, it's worse.

    Could you tell me where is the office of the director?

    You should quit smoking.
    Querría cinco dólares.

    Deberías salir más, no se quedes solo en case, es peor.

    ¿Podría usted decirme dónde está la oficina del director?

    Debería usted dejar de fumar.
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5 usages of conditional tense