“conditional” is a statement that revolves around a condition in the sense of “if… then”. There are different types of these statements and some of those types might need a special form of the verb to be expressed. Even though conditional statements are pretty universal, the rules and definitions vary a lot between languages.
On this site, I also use “Conditional” for the verb form. Officially, it is called “Subjunktiv” in German.
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In this episode about the conjunctive in German, we'll get a little overview over the topic, see why we call it conditional instead and learn all about "würde".
In this episode, we'll look at the verbs that use their real form for the conditional in daily life and not the version with "würde".
We'll learn a step by step guide on how to build the past of the conditional (subjunctive) and see why it is really really important to forget about English.