Translation of would in Spanish:

would

Pronunciation /wʊd//wʊd//(ə)d//wəd//wəd/

verb

  • 1

    past tense of will
    • The first night I was in a room on my own with a window that would only open three or four inches.
    • However, he confirmed that officers would keep a close eye on the cemetery in the future.
    • It was in October last year that the club first heard that changes would be made to the lecture theatre.
    • A workman had fitted locks to some windows, but ran out of locks and said he would come back later.
    • When last week I heard Morris would be in London for a few days I decided to collar her.
    • Moorby said he would be keeping a close eye on player availability right up until Easter.
    • Fears had been expressed that the historic building would be closed permanently.
    • Here his followers would gather in the mornings and afternoons for religious services.
    • He left a large gap around the cupboard door hinges and three unit drawers would not close.
    • Caroline never met her stepfather and her mother would never hear her voice again.
    • Settle parish churchyard was filling up rapidly and would have to close in two years.
    • In July this year the bank said it would close the business having failed to find a buyer.
    • So she decided she would climb out of the window onto a low roof and get down to the yard that way.
    • He added that the bell would be first heard in public as part of the Keighley Day events.
    • Within minutes, a small crowd would gather and most of them knew of the village.
    • The gang would then force a window to get them, or, if the door was unlocked, simply walk in.
    • Florence was shocked when she heard her name would appear in the medieval video.
    • Thatch would have been gathered from reeds and rushes on the shore and used for the roof of the main castle.
    • The mayor said he would be keeping a close eye on the building to try and ensure the problem did not arise again.
    • We were always a close family, we would talk to each other, and we pretty much got along.
  • 2

    • 2.1(in conditional sentences)

      I would if I could lo haría si pudiera
      • if I had known, I wouldn't have come si lo hubiera sabido no habría / no hubiera venido
      • who would have thought it? ¿quién lo hubiera dicho / imaginado?
      • without your help, I'd've been cooking all day sin tu ayuda, habría / hubiera estado cocinando todo el día
      • If you heard a noise in the dark of night, would you know where to find your torch or a candle?
      • If she were to gossip, it would be with the closest of friends, not when there was a camera in her face.
      • Mr Haslam said he could not comment on what would happen to the hotel if the application was turned down.
      • Huntley said that should such a situation arise, he would report it to a senior member of staff.
      • Had Frank Furedi been pondering how to handle the situation he would not have had to look far for advice.
      • It would be marvellous to hear his reactions on other fuss and bother while he's in the mood.
      • And he said if he was faced with the same situation he would again break the speed limit.
      • They would not stop if the police shouted at them because they simply would not hear.
      • She would suffer if she was sent to prison and would have to close her business, leading to the loss of two jobs.
      • If it wasn't a private firm, we would probably be hearing an awful lot more about it.
      • It occurred to me that if this were a business it would most likely have closed long ago.
      • How tame this behaviour would seem if they were allowed to really have some fun!
      • He quoted a friend who offered a woman a free pair of curtains if she would clean her dirty front window.
      • Later that year Mr Craig put the club on the market and said it would close if a buyer was not found quickly.
      • If a child were to be killed outside a school, would we talk about closing the school?
      • If it closed, its customers would have absolutely no qualms about going elsewhere.
      • I'm starting to wonder if my writing is really as unclear as my comments would suggest.
      • Anything that acts as a deterrent to anti-social behaviour would be used if we needed it.
      • Players and staff were sacked, and for weeks it looked as though Dundee would close.
      • If they had any musical knowledge they would be able to hear our voices are good.

    • 2.2(giving advice)

      I wouldn't worry yo que tú no me preocuparía
      • I would have a word with her about it yo (que tú) lo hablaba / hablaría con ella
      • This may reflect in a willingness to pay higher prices, although I wouldn't bet on it.
      • If I were you I'd lock the door.
      • I think it will pick up stuff other than country and western, but I wouldn't advise it!
      • If at all possible I would urge a newcomer to pike fishing to ask an experienced angler if they could tag along for a session or two.
      • You can go down that channel if you're mad enough, but I wouldn't do it if I were you.
      • I would request he moves the aerial so that it does not encroach your property.
      • If I were you I would get out of here I soon as I could.
      • In fact, I wouldn't recommend taking the advice of a tied agent under any circumstances.
      • Anyway, you can be sure that if I had to spend a week in an hotel, I wouldn't waste it by staying awake.

    • 2.3(tentatively expressing opinions)

      I would agree with Roy yo diría que Roy tiene razón
      • one would have thought that … cualquiera hubiera / habría pensado que …
      • I would describe the event as a convivial talk with a rather short period for questions.
      • To be honest I wouldn't really consider Eldon Hole a caving trip, although it is a fine pitch.
      • It would be futile to hope that athletes might be encouraged toward exemplary behaviour.
      • I hope some of you can make it to one of our performances and it would be brilliant to hear some feedback!
      • Celtic shouldn't lose at home to a team who have had such a difficult season, but I wouldn't rule it out.
      • We would therefore hope he will take on board the feelings of fellow residents.
      • You'd think that it might be important for her to be able to hear opponents, wouldn't you?
      • Last week's piece on software piracy drew more than a few comments, as you would expect.
      • I simply mentioned that I wouldn't mind going to Skuba but doubted my friends would come.
      • It would seem that on request of the King, a ship had to be made to fulfil the obligations of the townsmen.
      • We would hope to address both of these problems by having a dedicated service.
      • There are rumours this could be the last shuttle flight, and I wouldn't be surprised.
      • I get involved in spite of myself and, to be honest, I wouldn't have it any other way.
      • There are only a couple of events that we would call sports, the rest are just bizarre battles.
      • They may struggle against Wales and I wouldn't rule out a Scots win over there.
      • He incurred three short suspensions, which would seem to indicate that he still has work to do.
      • It would be lovely to hear the boy's chatter and not feel left out when they are speaking together.
      • The input from the communities has not been as strong as one would have hoped.
      • I'd imagine that serious fans will feel really let down.
      • I have still to speak to the school, but I wouldn't think this would bring out any issues.

  • 3

    (expressing wishes)
    I wish you'd stop pestering me! ¡deja de fastidiarme por Dios!
    • I wish you wouldn't worry quisiera que no te preocuparas
    • if only she'd take your advice ¡ojalá siguiera tus consejos!
    • would (that) he were with us! ¡ojalá estuviera con nosotros!
    • would to God she had known! ¡ojalá lo hubiera sabido!
    • Oh, I would that I could change his mind.
    • Anderson says - and would that he had said it sooner - ‘It can't be England all the time, there must be a middle way’.
    • You're so beautiful, and I would I could stay here with you.
  • 4

    • 4.1(in requests)

      would you type this for me please? ¿me haría el favor de pasar esto a máquina?
      • would you be kind enough to open the door for me? ¿tendría la amabilidad / la bondad de abrirme la puerta?
      • if you'd sign here, please ¿me firma aquí, por favor?
      • go and call him, would you? ve a llamarlo ¿sí? / ¿me haces el favor?
      • would you let me say something! ¿me dejas decir algo a mí?
      • Would you mind clarifying your comment, Alison?
      • Ruth, would you go with me to London?
      • Would you please turn around?

    • 4.2(in invitations)

      would you like a cup of coffee? ¿quieres una taza de café?
      • would you like to come with us? — I'd love to ¿quieres / te gustaría venir con nosotros? — me encantaría
      • I think instead of arriving at Tortuga by sea, I'd rather arrive by air.
      • I sincerely admire your work and would love nothing better than to work on something like this!
      • He said he would be glad to write me a recommendation.
      • I would like the windows replaced with the ones we actually thought we were getting.
      • Although this is not the outcome that we would have desired, at least it is now at an end.
      • It's not the sort of song you hear everyday, nor would want to, but it stands out like a gem in an evening of gems.
      • I said to her that I didn't understand anybody who would want to live like she was.
      • I tell myself I would rather be fat and happy then thin and miserable, but the fact is, I am fat and miserable.
      • Malcolm Morley, who has worked at the hotel for three years, would love to make Iona his home.
      • Would you like a glass of water?
      • She would love to build on this success and make a career of dancing at least in the short term.
      • Whether it is for himself or for his country, he would dearly love a Commonwealth Games medal.
      • I would love to see a performance of that opera, but there's none in the next year.
      • The pair said they would love to go into showbusiness or work in television in the future.
      • As someone who kept a daily diary all her life, she would have loved blogging.
      • Although he says he would love to be a chef, he will never be able to hold down a job.
      • Believe me, it's a club most managers outside the very top ones would love to manage.
      • We would be delighted to hear from any other people who could support us in some way.
      • He mentions his years at Arbroath, his hometown club, and how one day he would love to rejoin them.
      • I was just about to make breakfast, would you like some?
      • They would also like to hear from anyone who saw the stolen Maestro earlier in the evening.

  • 5

    • 5.1(expressing criticism)

      she would (have to) spoil the surprise tenía que estropear la sorpresa, ¡típico! / ¡no podía fallar!
      • Yellow card for Adams for claiming that Carlos took a dive. Now he wouldn't do that, would he?
      • Now, the conspiracy theorists are going to say, well, the coroners would say that, wouldn't they?

    • 5.2(indicating sth is natural)

      he said no — well, he would, wouldn't he? dijo que no — bueno ¿qué otra cosa iba a decir? / era de esperar ¿no? / es lógico ¿no?


Usage

When would + a verb in English is used to form the conditional tense, it is translated by the conditional tense in Spanish. When would + a verb in English is used to express habitual activity in the past, it is translated by the imperfect tense in Spanish. For examples of both, see the entry below. 'd es la contracción de would, wouldn't, de would not y 'd've de would have