Medical Spanish Conditional Verbs and Patient Conversations

Medical Spanish Conditional Verbs and Patient Conversations

Conditional verbs for polite requests in Spanish

This Medical Spanish lesson focuses on learning how to use Medical Spanish conditional verbs during conversations with patients: Verbos condicionales en español médico para conversar con los pacientes. The conditional tense helps you sound more pleasant when giving instructions and making requests in Spanish.

In this medical Spanish lesson you will learn:

  • When to use Medical Spanish conditional verbs in a clinical setting
  • How to conjugate the conditional tense by starting with an infinitive verb and converting it into a conditional verb.
  • Common uses of the Medical Spanish conditional verbs in the clinical setting
  • Examples and practice of using conditional verbs with your patients

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During patient conversations, you may use conditional verbs to be a little more kind in your instructions or to offer a more relaxed way of communication.

Unos ejemplos de la condicional / Some Examples of Conditional Verbs

Here are some examples of Spanish conditional verbs used during patient conversations:

Spanish English
Esta fiebre podría ser causada por un virus o una bacteria. This fever could be caused by a virus or bacteria.
Si la fiebre es causada por un virus, un antibiótico no ayudaría. If the fever is caused by a virus, an antibiotic would not help.
¿Podría esperar aquí un momento, por favor? Could you wait here for a moment, please?
Cirugía es una opción, pero me gustaría referirle al terapeuta físico primero para ayudarle con unos ejercicios para fortalecer el hombro. Surgery is an option, but I would like to refer you to the physical therapist first to help you with some exercises to strengthen the shoulder.
Cuál preferiría usted, ¿la pastilla o un jarabe? Which would you prefer, the pill or a syrup?

Conjugación: 3 Tipos de verbos

In Spanish, infinitive verbs have three types of endings, it’s important for you to know how to conjugate them following the correct rule to get the proper tense verb you want to use:

Verbos -ar: Verbos -er: Verbos -ir:
Examinar (To examine)
Respirar (To breath)

Comer (To eat)
Beber (To drink)

 Sufrir (To suffer)
Vivir (To live)

Note: I you might want to take a look to the following medical Spanish lessons in order to review present tense verb conjugations in Spanish:

Likewise, if you want to master verb conjugations in past and present tenses, these online courses are made specifically for you:

Medical Spanish Present Tense Verbs

Medical Spanish Verbs in Past Tense

El primer paso normal es… Quitar la terminación (-ar, -er, -ir)

By removing the verb ending, you obtain the stem of it and may add the right ending to get the tense you need to use:

Verbos -ar: Verbos -er: Verbos -ir:
Examinar > Examin_
Respirar > Respir_
Comer > Com_
Beber > Beb_

Sufrir > Sufr_
Vivir > Viv_

Pero la condicional no…

But, as you may know, Spanish is a little bit tricky so for using the conditional tense, you need to maintain the ending (-ar, -er, -ir) and adding a new one (-ía, -ías, -íamos, -ían)

Verbos -ar: Verbos -er: Verbos -ir:

Usamos la misma conjugación para todos los verbos / Use The Same Conjugation for All Verbs

  • Yo…ía : Yo examinaría
  • Tú…ías : Tú examinarías
  • Él, Ella, Usted…ía : Él, Ella, Usted examinaría
  • Nosotros…íamos : Nosotros examinaríamos
  • Vosotros…íais : Vosotros examinaríais
  • Ellos, Ellas, Ustedes…ían :  Ellos, Ellas, Ustedes examinarían

Varios verbos irregulares / Irregular Verbs Using The Conditional

Irregular verbs also follow the -ía ending rule, but remember that their stem when conjugating are different from the original verb in infinitive.

If you’re familiar with the future tense in Spanish, you’ll recoginze these modified stems – they’re the same!

  • Decir > dir__ : diría / dirías /diría / diríamos / dirían
  • Hacer > har__ : haría / harías /haría/ haríamos / harían
  • Poder > podr__ : podría / podrías / podría / podríamos / podrían
  • Poner > pondr__ : pondría / pondrías /pondría / pondríamos / pondrían
  • Querer > querr__ : querría / querrías /querría / querríamos / querrían
  • Saber > sabr__ : sabría / sabrías /sabría / sabríamos / sabrían
  • Salir > saldr__ : saldría / saldrías /saldría / saldríamos / saldrían
  • Tener > tendr__ : tendría / tendrías /tendría / tendríamos / tendrían
  • Venir > vendr__ : vendría / vendrías /vendría / vendríamos / vendrían

Práctica / Time To Practice

  • Usted ________ (poder) quitarse la ropa y ponerse esta bata.
    • Usted podría quitarse la ropa y ponerse esta bata.
  • Yo ____________ (preferir) esperar una semana más antes de cambiar los medicamentos.
    • Yo preferiría esperar una semana más antes de cambiar los medicamentos.
  • ¿ __________ (tener) usted tiempo el lunes a las 9am?
    • ¿ Tendría usted tiempo el lunes a las 9am?
  • ¿ ___________ (gustar(le)) esperar aquí o regresar en 30 minutos?
    • ¿Le gustaría esperar aquí o regresar en 30 minutos?
  • Nosotros le ________ (dar) anestesia local, no general.
    • Nosotros le daríamos anestesia local, no general.
  • Sin los medicamentos, la presión ___________ (estar) muy alta.
    • Sin los medicamentos, la presión estaría muy alta.

Posibles usos comunes / Possible Common Uses

In the medical setting, when you patient is expected to follow your instructions, using the conditional may help you to transmit empathy and confidence, and also to create a relaxed environment to work with them.

1. I would prefer

  • Yo preferiría ______ : Yo preferiría volver otro día

2. Would you prefer?

  • ¿Preferiría usted ______ ? : ¿Preferiría usted volver la próxima semana?

3. I would like

  • Me gustaría ______ : Me gustaría seguir una dieta más sana

4. ¿Would you like…?

  • ¿Le gustaría ______ ? : ¿Le gustaría comer carne o pollo?

5. I could…

  • Yo podría ______ :  Yo podría ir al doctor mañana

6. We could…

  • Nosotros podríamos ______ :  Nosotros podríamos cambiar nuestro estilo de vida

7. ¿Could you…?

  • ¿Podría usted ______ ? : ¿Podría usted traer los resultados médicos el viernes?

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Keep up the good work speaking responsible Spanish to your patients!

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